Did you know that most information that you come across is mostly lost after 48 hours? It’s actually already 50% lost after 24 hours. With this being the “information age”, we are exposed to so much information simultaneously that it can be hard to focus on the important information that we want to learn properly. There is a method, albeit a very simple one step process, that can help you master new skills and new information within this abundance of information thrown in your direction every single day.
For information to truly be mastered, it must properly sink into your psyche, and the only way that this can happen is via repetition. Think of a song you know by heart. I bet you had to hear it multiple times to finally remember the lyrics and how the song goes. Remembering a song is usually not even done on purpose, so imagine what you can accomplish with the INTENT to memorize! If you think that by reading an article once, or listening to an audiobook once that you will have mastered the content, then you are missing out in a big way. As a matter of fact, you are probably remembering only less than 5% of the information you were exposed to only once. Retention goes up exponentially the more you repeat. So if you are serious about mastering a new skill or new information, make sure that you expose yourself to it over and over again until it becomes so familiar, that it’s like a part of you. This is why hypnosis works really well after you have done it time and time again. By the third week of doing hypnosis, that’s when you notice the results coming through. It takes on average about 21 times for something to become a habit or familiar. If you are learning a language, or studying for an exam, or learning about a new job, keep repeating if you still struggle to remember the information. What I do when I read a book is that I take notes of the important topics I want to remember. Then, I go over my notes instead of reading the whole book again. This can help you save time and make the memorization and retention of the crucial and important information even faster. View repetition as practice, because that’s what it actually is. Think of Olympic athletes. They had to practice over and over, thousands of times, until it became more than mastery…it became perfection. Repetition is practice, and practice is preparation. Start applying repetitive learning into your life and you will see how incredibly powerful it is. Instead of reading all the articles that you can find, focus on reading your favorite ones multiple times. You will notice how much more impactful it is 🙂
As a former teacher, I know the value of repetition. I was always telling students that the old adage “practice makes perfect” wasn't just about honing skills, it was about repeating them until they became second nature.
It always amazes me how we can memorize songs. You're right it's all about repetition. I'm a huge fan of LoTR. When it came out, I must have watched it 10 times. Every time I watch it, I'm able to quote lines of the actors. (I know I'm a geek). But this is how successful athletes are created. They practice. They have discipline.
Try and try until you die–er until you succeed! Sharing this article http://sn.im/vlvwy on the importance of focus to our success.
“Like warmed-up cabbage served at each repast, The repetition kills the wretch at last. “
Great point. Repetition is really key. I actually posted quotes on repetition on my blog not too long ago! You can check it out at http://www.personal-development-training.com/20…