Unlearning is learning. It’s an essential part of learning and potential to step out of the box and dive into a creative invention field.
We aim to learn and grow with new teachings. Building our self-esteem, opening our minds to new experiences. Though in the process we tend to attach ourselves to the gained knowledge and shut our self in that small box of knowledge that we gained.
Attachment to a specific set of knowledge derives from the perception that it gave us, among other things, a sense of self, even power in society, and the ability to be noticed and acknowledged. So, we tend to cling to the gained knowledge. Not changing our minds or opening ourselves to new knowledge, new potential.
For example, have you ever had a colleague that you wanted to support and help with a small process improvement? You shared your knowledge though the colleague just wasn’t able to implement that small change in his/her everyday workflow. Your colleague couldn’t hear you because of the clinging to the existing knowledge.
Existing knowledge is sort of an anchor that is beneficial to some extent but it also keeps your eyes blind, and ears deaf, so to speak. If you manage a team, you notice it on daily basis. It’s beneficial to understand that fear of unlearning is just an obstacle that can be bypassed if managed mindfully, without a blame game in the process.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Unlearning keeps the mind fit
Unlearning is letting go of an old way of thinking, changing perspective, and redesigning mental models. Simply rewiring a neural network with new pathways. Unlearning trains and keeps the mind fit.
It helps you to be more resistant to fear of change, being more self-aware, free in your expressions, actions and is a driving fuel of inner motivation. Unlearning helps you in the learning process because knowledge can evolve only in the combination of learning and unlearning.
Change by (un)learning
Empower your change with learning and unlearning mechanism, train your mind. Install this inner checking mechanisms that will boost your knowledge evolution and growth.
- Take a moment and write down your inner clinging pathways. In this process, you need to be very honest with yourself. If you are afraid to admit to yourself that you are attached to a specific mental model, try just to write it down. Confront it, mindfully. If it’s too intensive apply a specific breathing technique to come down. Observe it, mindfulness power up the observation process by distancing yourself from the emotional turmoil. If you aren’t ready for confrontation, leave it for a time being. But be fully aware that you are postponing. Write down what are the reasons for the postponement. Don’t trap yourself in a blame game, in the process. Be gentle to yourself. Chose another clinging pathway, less intensive, and follow the steps.
- Define new mental models and supportive action. See what is necessary to implement in your daily life to support unlearning and learning process. Be mindful.
- Prioritize your actions, take small steps toward the huge change. No, need to over push yourself. It will sync in.
- Define the exact change you will enforce daily
- Correct yourself during the day, mindfully. Be aware when you slipped, don’t blame yourself, correct it and move on.
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Author of the text: Ana Hart, certified coach, communication expert, and consultant. Field of expertise: sustainable business growth, personal development and intimate relationships.
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