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Are You a Learning Junkie?

04/22/2015 10:55 am ET | Updated Jun 22, 2015

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It used to be that in order to learn something new you had to register for a class at a local community college or find someone who was knowledgeable about your desired topic and convince them to teach you. You might even find a book at your local library and try to teach yourself.

In other words, it wasn't very easy or convenient to learn something new.

All you have to do today is open your inbox or check your Facebook news feed to find dozens of carefully-crafted programs that seem to be written specifically with you in mind.

The quality and quantity of information available is astounding and the ease of having it delivered directly to you is intoxicating. So, if you are someone who likes to learn (like me), this easy and instantaneous availability of coursework via the internet can quickly become overwhelming. Before you know it, you have signed up for half a dozen courses or classes guaranteed to change your life and your business.

Let's be realistic. You CAN'T do it all -- and if you try, you will end up burning out and most likely not finishing anything. So what's a learning junkie to do?

Step #1: Stop. Just stop. Do NOT sign up for anything new until you have completed everything you have already purchased. Worried that you will miss out? You might. But you probably won't. If the program/class/course is successful, odds are it will be offered again. If it's not, well, you weren't likely to complete it anyway if you are in product overwhelm. By not signing up, you just saved yourself money and the stress of adding one more thing to a busy plate.

Step #2: Look at what you've got. Hopefully, many of the programs you've purchased are virtual -- that seems to be the new norm. Make a list of ALL of them, and then think hard about which one you are the most excited about or which would be the most beneficial for you right now. Start there.

Step #3: Take the courses ONE at a time. While you are taking the class, go all out! Facebook group? Participate. Live calls? Ask questions. Do ALL the assignments. Take full advantage of what you've already paid for and what the class has to offer. Give it 100 percent and you'll get much more out of it than participating half-heartedly. Repeat with the next prioritized class on your list.

Step #4: Wait it out. When the day has come that you have finished all the courses you purchased, you are ready for this last step. Before you go blindly signing up for something new, think strategically about what you want and/or need to learn. Then, wait until a class that is specifically geared to that topic comes along. It will. They always do. Sign up for it and ONLY it, and take it to completion.

I know this is hard. I get that you want to try it all -- and I get that fear of missing out. However, I know you will be much better served (and save money) by not stretching yourself too thin. You will learn more in the long run and actually be able to apply what you've learned. That is a much better investment in your time and money!