Sal Khan gives a great TED Presentation, “Let’s Teach for Mastery – Not Test Scores”. To explain this he compares learning to building a house. He explains if we only get 75% of the foundation of a house done right, and then build an 80% correct first floor, attempts to build the second floor are likely to cause a collapse. He explains that these gapes in education are causing kids and adults to collapse because of gaps that can be filled if we focus on mastery. I encourage you to listen to Sal’s excellent presentation.
This comparison is also applicable to health. To create a healthier life, we must do basic things – regularly eat nutritious food, engage in physical activity, have good interactions with others, and do things that facilitate personal growth. Gaps in these areas, or things we don’t do over the long term will mean we are not able to reach our potential. Health, like education, can focus on the concept of continuous and never ending improvement rather than on just avoiding problems. A key issue from this approach is its ability to change the focus toward what to do to cause health rather than what to avoid to lessen the chance of problems.
I describe this approach in the NWI White Paper, “Creating Positive Health: It’s More than Risk Reduction” accessible through these links..
I look forward to hearing how you engage in continuous and never ending improvements in your life so everyone and everything benefits.