Your first thoughts might be that learning a difficult skill is boring—a painfully painful realisation if the skill is something you can’t simply pick up or hang on to for the sake of the opportunity. But by taking a few moments to walk through an unpopular opinion and exploring the downside of a flippant quip, you’ll advance your comfort level, nip your trigger points in the bud, and feel better about yourself after the fact.
Here are a few other tips that will increase your tendency to appreciate learning, argues Rebecca Jennings, PhD, research director of the Leadership Centre for Business Effectiveness.
Allow yourself time to think
Try to stay in the moment until your brain is empty, which means allowing yourself just an hour before you start to concentrate on something.
“How a person can think about something after thinking about it, it depends on whether they were able to process it earlier,” says Jennings. “It is called cerebral overload, which happens when we have too much information to process at once.”
Focuses on yourself and your experience
A great way to overcome objection is to learn, says Jennings. She recommends making sure to focus on yourself and the situation when considering an objection. “It is easier to change your attitude when you focus on what you can do about the experience,” she says.
Remember why you’re interested in something
You need to have strong reasons for why learning something you have an objection to will be valuable to you in the long term. “Research has shown that a person’s motivation, as opposed to their reasoning, has a significant impact on learning,” says Jennings.
This means you must decide whether you’re trying to gain experience, improve your competence, or have an ulterior motive. “If you’re trying to gain experience, ask yourself, ‘What would I do if I had the opportunity to gain that knowledge?’ If you’re trying to improve your competence, ask, ‘Am I better off without that knowledge?’” says Jennings.