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Discipline to Success:

The Education Attribute

Educated men are as much superior to uneducated men as the living are to the dead.
Aristotle

continuation from BLOG post: part IX.a

The education attribute is the third attribute in the inverse pyramid scale. The education attribute requires more energy to develop — both internal and external — and impacts motivation at lesser levels than either of the two physical attributes.

Education is not reading 30 additional minutes each day, for example. Education is applying what you read and expanding your knowledge base. You will discuss your new knowledge with other people, articulate some corrective action and increase your interaction with other people. You may read for enjoyment, but you will also read to expand your knowledge in business, science, economics and cultures.

Education has less motivating impact than the physical attributes. Measuring an educational change is more difficult because educational changes are mostly intangible — and it takes longer to notice an educational change than a physical change.

Shaping the Educational Development Attribute

The steps to develop and strengthen the education attribute are similar to the steps discussed in physical attribute chapters. If you are educationally inclined, select areas that need strengthening such as expanding your knowledge base in new subject materials (e.g., increase your vocabulary or learn stock investments) or applying your knowledge to real-life situations (e.g., using new vocabulary in speech or making stock investments). If you are not educationally inclined, you might first consider increasing your reading, listening or scholastic skills. As with the physical attributes, there is a hierarchy in education development. Select a level that is challenging but not impossible to achieve.

Developing good study habits is exactly like building a strong physical body. You need to schedule time each day to study. Look for a secluded corner in the library or your home to study. Try to schedule the same time each day to study and don’t allow distractions to tempt you away from your studies. If your mind wanders, bring it back to the subject matter at hand. Scheduling time each day to study and then rewarding yourself when you complete the schedule is an effective method to strengthen your scholastic abilities.

Select a development goal that will strengthen your education. Select a goal that is challenging. Select only one development goal at this time.

Define the tasks, scheduling times, etc., that will achieve your education development goal. This step may include outreaching to institutions that can help you achieve your goal, such as a reading comprehension class, if necessary.

Make sure you distinguish education development goals from personal achievement goals. Scholastic degrees and diplomas are personal achievement goals. The development of the education attribute means strengthening your reading, listening, perception and scholastic skills.

List your education development goal on the Weekly Goal Planning Sheet along with your physical and physical temperance goals as illustrated here using Appendix Form-L. If you prefer, you can use the Character Attribute Development sheet in Appendix Form-E.

 

Note that you will be strengthening the physical and physical temperance goals from the last two topics. You may want to increase the intensity of these two goals as appropriate. Develop all three attribute goals simultaneously for the next two weeks.

Develop and strengthen all three attribute goals simultaneously for the next two weeks. Record your progress using your day planner.

 

Mark this page and return in two weeks to complete Step 6.

Next time: we will review the progress that you have made.

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