How do we learn? Or the real question - How can we improve ?
August 28, 2015
As a trainer I want my students to get the very best from my teaching.
So I ensure I, myself train with the best trainers I can, trainers I believe in and admire.
I spend time thinking about what I am going to teach and how I should put it across so there is clear understanding in lessons.
Sometimes and I must strees this is with only a few riders, no matter how it's laid out or what terminology is used the rider does not "learn" So it got me to thinking and sparked an in depth conversation with a very good friend of mine about what stops us from "learning". Neither one of us like to be negative both always looking for the positive we turned the question on it's head - what do you need or need to be to be able to "Learn"
After about an hour of analysing and chatting it came to us! Light bulb......
Humility and vulnerability.
So let's look at theses two words to hopefully explain and give a better understanding to help you/riders "learn"
Wikapedia: The quality of having a modest or low view of one's importance. "he needs the humility to accept that their way may be better"synonyms: modesty · humbleness · modestness · meekness · lack of pride · [more] lack of vanity · diffidence · unassertiveness Or/and Humility (adjectival form: humble) is variously seen as the act or posture of lowering oneself in relation to others, or conversely, having a clear perspective and respect for one's place in context. In a religious context this can mean a recognition of self in relation to a god or gods, acceptance of one's defects, and submission to divine grace as a member of a religion. Outside of a religious context, humility is defined as the self-restraint from excessive vanity, and can possess moral and/or ethical dimensions. Humility, in various interpretations, is widely seen as a virtue in many religious and philosophical traditions, often in contrast to narcissism, hubris and other forms of pride. Humility by definition can also be the quality or condition of being humble
What I mean by this is you have to be humble you have to respect the trainer you have asked to come and train you. You must be confident that they know better than you, if they didnt why are they there?? you have asked them to share their expertise with you so don't Snub them or talk over them.
Shut up and listern, allow yourself to "learn" absorb thier knowledge.
Put yourself out there and you must be honest - if you don't know what a half halt is or your unsure of the aids, just ask! It is what your paying or remeber :)
If you have both these things I guarantee, you will get more from your trainer and you will learn so much more.