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Do you know how this man's muscles became so large? Muscles only grow when we work them just more than what they’re used to. This causes “micro-tears,” damaging the muscle just slightly. This is why our muscles hurt after a workout. The muscle then thinks, “Uh oh! We’re doing harder work, I better get stronger!” and uses protein to repair the micro-tears, building itself back a little bit bigger. Then, we repeat.
Work the muscle past its ability, it hurts, and then it rebuilds itself stronger. Eventually, this is how bodybuilders get huge muscles! Little bit by little bit, they push their muscles just past their limits. If we did nine pushups, but stopped because the tenth got tough, then the muscle won’t grow! It’s only the difficult repetitions that cause growth. We only get stronger when we push ourself through that final, tough pushup.
All of this is true for thinking and learning as well. When it’s difficult, when it’s uncomfortable, when it’s getting frustrating, that’s when we’re pushing our brain. That’s when we’re learning and growing.
Many students would give up just as things got hard. They don’t like the way it feels. They’re not used to it. But the longer they wait, the more difficult it will be to push themselves.
This difficult part could apply to:
- finishing the word problems in math homework
- writing out answers in complete sentences
- taking notes while reading
- citing sources in a research paper
- pushing through a challenging book
Remember that if you don't understand how to do something now, you just don't know it YET!
Monday, September 24, 2018
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