Chicken or the Egg Dilemma
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Learning or Performance


Most of us go through life trying to become better at the things we do.

And while focusing on thousands of little different things at a time, at some point we realise that we are not getting better at the things we actually care about.

Moreover, it seems that this form of “stagnation in development” actually happens to everyone.

Eduardo Briceño, a speaker at TEDxManhattanBeach, shared some tips on how to overcome this phenomenon.

To start with, one needs to first understand a concept of a learning zone and a performance zone.

Learning vs. Performance zone, Mindsetworks Blog

The Learning zone is mainly about developing and improving. At this stage one expects to make mistakes and also accepts them in order to learn more.

The Performance zone is about doing something in the best way possible by fully minimizing mistakes, which are neither expected nor accepted.

And although both of these zones are and should be active parts of our lives,  Eduardo Briceño explains that the reason we stop improving lies mainly in our sole focus on the performance zone.

Research shows that after working for a few years in a specific job, the performance stagnates. This happens mainly because people feel comfortable in what they do, and thus stop improving.

But how to get out of this vicious circle? Quit your job and look for a new one in order to be forced to learn again?

Luckily we do not need to be that dramatic about it.

What we need to do is to have a balanced spiral between the learning and performance zone. We need to be purposely building our skills in the learning zone and then directly apply them to the performance zone. And then: force ourselves back into the learning zone.

So how can we spend more time in the learning zone?

  • We need to believe we can improve.
  • We need to want to improve.
  • We need to know how to improve.
  • We need to be in a low stake situation.

We need to know what we want to be better at, in other words: It is important to eventually define success.

But what if we feel that we are constantly in a high stake situation and that we cannot allow ourselves to experiment and make mistakes? What if we want to be more open but we do not know how to do it? In his Talk, Eduardo also shares some of his tips on this.

All in all, it is time to start spending more of our time exploring, researching, asking, listening, experimenting, striving, trying and reflecting.

We should ALWAYS have SOMETHING to work on in order to IMPROVE.

This way our improvement and giving our best should be … never ending.

Watch the whole video here:

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