Some thoughts on how the process of learning helps build strength, both mentally and physically.
You read a book and your learn something new:
The more you learn, the more likely you are to come across some information/ideas that conflict with and challenge what you believe or the view of the world you have already built (that is pretty much what learning actually is, I guess). Challenging your beliefs with the new information you’ve come across leads towards you refining, developing and restructuring them.
You challenge your old views of the world:
As you put your beliefs through more and more challenges, you will be left with the ones that have stood up to each challenge and adapted (maybe even scrapped) the ones that fall short. As your remaining beliefs adapt and refine they become a much more accurate map of your reality – life becomes more clear. From this you can start to understand what you really want and what things really mean to you. You will know yourself better and better.
You now start acting with much more conviction:
The more you get to know yourself, the greater the amount of conviction you will have in what you think, say and do.
Our beliefs and our ideas are the driving forces in our lives, we will do things that we don’t actually want to do (very regularly sometimes) due to our beliefs and our ideas of the world e.g. we believe it is good to be strong so, we will commit to going to the gym once or twice a week even if it something that we don’t really enjoy doing (depending on how much conviction you have behind believing that being strong is good of course).
After; seeking out and learning new information you can challenge the structures we’ve built in our minds about how the world works. Refining our beliefs and ideas based on these challenges will grow our conviction leading towards a more definite and forceful existence in the world and a more coherent path for us to be on.
What ever direction your life takes, as long as you are engaging in this continual growth process, you’ll be better prepared for the world, you’ll be able to stand firmer and push back harder (if necessary).
Henceforth; the more I learn, the stronger I become.
Master Luke Robinson