The Importance of Your Attitude on Learning December 5, 2007Posted by earagonjr in Learning Attitudes.
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“Attitude? You’re my study coach! Teach me study tips, study skills and help me prepare for my exams. Why do you need to talk to me about my attitude on learning?”
As a study coach, I hear this statement or a variation of it often enough. A lot of students and even parents are just concerned about skills and techniques and downplay the importance of our attitude when it comes to learning.
People want to go directly to memory-improvement, increasing their comprehension, note-taking skills, writing skills, problem-solving skills, and the like without understanding that our attitudes play a vital role in each of the skills mentioned.
There are lots of excellent athletes who know the value of attitude and mind conditioning in their overall performance. Given everything equal, it is the athlete who is better prepared mentally and emotionally who will prevail.
Andre Agassi, the famous tennis player, had a mental coach, the also famous Anthony Robbins, in addition to having a strength coach, and a tennis coach to prepare him during training and for competition. This is probably one of the reasons why he dominated the court for quite some time.
The legendary Muhammad Ali probably set this precedent of having mental coaches in the sports field. He actually hired a person as part of his personal staff. This guy had only one job: to keep on telling Ali that he was the greatest.
Early in the morning this guy was there, yelling, “Ali, you’re the greatest!” As he ate lunch, this guy would assure him, “You are the greatest!” Everywhere he went, when he was training and even when he was not, this guy would never leave his side enthusiastically and totally convinced he was right saying to Ali, “You are the greatest!”
Pride? Probably. Probably not. But one thing was for sure: this helped Muhammad Ali become convinced in his mind and heart that he was actually the greatest. And sure enough, his belief manifested itself in reality and he turned out to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.
We see this principle in a lot of management and success books: performance is a function of ability and attitude. Those who have both attitude and ability are able to achieve a lot.
However, one can have great ability but poor attitude and he could only accomplish so much. I have seen a lot of my classmates who were top in their class when we were in grade school fail miserably when we were in college, not because of lack of ability. They had very high IQ’s but they became lazy and lacked motivation.
On the other hand, there are those who have great attitude who lack ability. Initially they won’t accomplish much either. However, these people because of their great attitude eventually find it in themselves to develop their abilities.
It cannot be ignored or taken for granted. Attitude is everything and a good study coach will help you give it its proper emphasis.