How Does Learning Develop Confidence?
Posted: Jan 31, 2017
By: Carolyn Young
Do you know someone who is fearless? That kind of person who embraces adventures that many people fear, whether it’s skydiving, mountain climbing, or traveling to a country where you cannot speak the language.
At Western University I work with a colleague whose actions exemplify courage. Even so, she tells me, “I do these things because I am afraid of them.” Through experience, she has learned that facing her fear makes her stronger and gives her the confidence to face the next challenge.
What are you afraid of? Aside from the typical fear of public speaking, what stops you from taking chances and trying out something new or unknown?
For some people the idea of returning to the classroom is scary. Reasons vary from unpleasant memories in previous learning experiences to fear of failure.
Do you know people in your organization who are reluctant to take advantage of learning opportunities, even when the funding is available, the time can be managed, and, above all else, the opportunity is there? How can you help them conquer their fear and gain confidence in learning again?
“Taking small steps is one way to get comfortable with learning again,” says Christine Wilton, Program Manager in Professional Development at Western Continuing Studies, “and our workshops are ideal for building confidence.”
“Best of all, there is no homework or tests,” says Wilton.
Tangible benefits for employees and your organization include the application of new skills and knowledge in the workplace, improved productivity, promotions and salary raises.
“More difficult to quantify but equally important, confidence is one of the most important benefits,” says Wilton, “As employees confront change and challenge every day, they draw on what they have learned and accomplished and they are willing to learn more.”