Establishing lifelong learning for life.

We often know what we should do and even how to do it, but we simply don’t follow through. Good intentions get defeated by inactivity.


The knowing-doing gap may be the biggest obstacle we face as we aspire to live a full and productive life. Sometimes, the gap between knowing and doing is more inhibiting than the gap between ignorance and knowing.

Knowing what to do is not enough; we must do. Establishing habits will help.

How long does it take to build a new habit?

Phillippa Lally is a health psychology researcher at University College London. In a 2009 study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, Lally and her research team reported that it takes anywhere from 18 to 254 days for people to form a new habit.

Habits help, but they can be difficult to establish. A personal coach will help make the difference.

The value of having a private coach

The best and quickest way for an individual to negotiate long lasting behavioral change is to hire a personal coach—someone who will guide your development and hold you accountable for mutually set goals.

Lifelong Learning—Make It a Habit

This book, Lifelong Learning, explains 10 practical steps to cultivate lifelong learning:Lifelong Learning by Don McMinn

  1. pursue a broad education
  2. read
  3. memorize
  4. travel extensively
  5. pursue invigorating relationships
  6. learn from successes and failures
  7. solicit a personal coach
  8. learn from others and from your own experiences
  9. maintain a bucket list
  10. learn from significant thoughts

The key is to make these 10 actions a regular part of your life—to make them habits.

You can do it.

Evergreen is a personal coaching program that specializes in lifelong learning. You’ll meet once a month, via Skype, with an executive coach who will help you customize a personal training strategy based on the principles discussed in this book—and help you accomplish it.

For more information, contact Don McMinn at don@donmcminn.com