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Set & Achieve Your Developmental Goal

Each and every day the human brain is bombarded with nearly 34GB (gigabytes) of new information.

For reference, I have been working at JX for nine years and my Google Drive only has 27GB of files stored. Some of the information we receive is received voluntarily, while other information is received involuntarily. Some information is true, while other information is erroneous. Some information is useful and applicable, while other information may be purely for entertainment.

With all of this information flying around, it is easy to get caught in unnecessary or irrelevant “information storms”, which can eat up your valuable listening time, processing time, and memory. For that reason, it is important for you to define a development goal. Once you have a development goal set you can focus on, you can start to recognize information storms and traps that are wasting your valuable time, processing, and memory resources.

There are lots of things vying for your attention, which is why it is critical that you are intentional about spending time every day dedicated to advancing you towards your developmental goal. Even if it is only 15 minutes, making this a daily habit is going to be the fastest way of achieving your goal. We are truly living in an age of data and information, and there are so many informative and educational resources available at the click of your mouse or the tap of your smartphone. A lot of these sources and mediums are free and can help you achieve your developmental goal with no money out of your pocket.

While it is certainly healthy to spend some time relaxing and consuming things purely for entertainment purposes, a lot of people fall into the trap of making that a daily occurrence and do it out of habit or convenience. So the next time you sit down to watch your favorite episode of The Office for the 10th time, consider looking up a video on YouTube or Rumble relevant to your developmental goal. The next time you go to turn on your favorite true-crime podcast, search for a new podcast that will continue the advancement of your developmental progress. If you are dedicated to carving out even a little bit of time on a daily basis to achieve your goal then you’ll find yourself on the fast track to achieving that goal in no time. 

Author: Ben Kolo, Learning & Development Specialist