The Ultimate Guide To The Quarterly Curriculum Of Mastery

Quarterly Curriculum Of Mastery

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The mistake a lot of people make is that they stop deliberate and intentional learning after they finish school.

Whether it’s high school, college, graduate school or even a Ph. D program, many people feel like they’ve learned enough to accomplish all of their goals or they get away from their learning schedule a little bit once they lose that structure that school provides.

This is a serious problem for people who want to be successful entrepreneurs.

I don’t care if you went to graduate school or tech school—there’s always more for you to learn to reach mastery in your field…and the new information that you learn may end up meaning the difference between success and failure.

While you definitely should be increasing your knowledge base, cramming too much in at the same time can end up being counterproductive. That’s why—if you want to learn more in a much more efficient way—you need to create what our Lead Transformation Coach Jeremy Bellotti calls a Quarterly Curriculum of Mastery.

Breaking Up Your Year

Quarterly Curriculum Of Mastery

The quarterly curriculum essentially looks like this:

  • Quarter 1: January, February, March

  • Quarter 2: April, May, June

  • Quarter 3: July, August, September

  • Quarter 4: October, November, December

So, why a quarterly curriculum? Think about the school year for students in traditional school; it's broken up into quarters or semesters.

But why is this?

 

The answer is that semesters or quarters help people organize their year.

By having the year broken up into different quarters, it’s easier to focus on learning a topic (or topics). This focuses your energy and allows you to dive into a single topic without interruption.

Here’s the thing—the school curriculum puts students on autopilot, otherwise known as habitual automaticity

Essentially, we create habits, and we automatically follow those habits day-in, day-out once they're a part of our daily life. If these are good habits, we see much better results. If they’re bad habits, we see a hinderance in our ability to succeed.

Schools actually take advantage of this concept. When you’re in school, you have a curriculum and schedule that puts you on autopilot and allows students to tap into habitual automaticity. You simply need to show up and do the work and you’ll learn the subjects that you have lain out for you to learn.

While this is great when you’re in school, in the real world there’s no longer a curriculum—especially if you’re an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, you don’t have a boss telling you what you need to get done, which can leave you floundering with no sense of direction. 

As crazy as it sounds, freedom is actually HARD for a lot of entrepreneurs.

There are way too many options, and there’s no one saying which options are right and helpful. To rein in all of that freedom, rituals and habits are necessary.

(Note: Ready to make your breakthrough? Check out Breakthrough Mastery, a course with our Lead Transformation coach, Jeremy Bellotti, to learn how to get exactly what you want out of life. You can find it here.)

The Benefits of Rituals and Habits

Quarterly Curriculum Of Mastery

Whether we see it or not, our lives are made up of rituals and habits.

It’s likely that you go to bed around the same time each night and wake up around the same time (if you aren’t, you should be!). You also likely have a morning routine, a daily schedule and so on (again, you should have these if you don’t already!). You may even end up eating the same things throughout the week!

Actually, studies have been done that show that map apps can predict where people are going based on their rituals and habits! These daily rituals, routines and habits can be harnessed to create success…or they can lead to failure.

By harnessing your rituals and habits, you can create automated success.

However, a big part of actually creating a routine with positive rituals and habits is setting boundaries both for yourself and for the people around you. It can be easy to fall off course if you don't have any boundaries in your life.

Imagine a race track with no defined roads…it would be chaos! Boundaries help to reel us in and ensure that we make the right decisions automatically. If you drop what you're doing every time you get a phone call to hang out or do something outside of your new schedule, you’ll never create new habits. Set boundaries with others based around the time you need for yourself and your business. Also, make sure you're following these boundaries yourself. 

With boundaries, it’s much easier to create an environment of excellence.

We know when it is time to push forward, learn and succeed, and we know when it’s time to unwind and have fun.

This sets us up to follow our new curriculum of mastery.

Creating Your Curriculum

Quarterly Curriculum Of Mastery

When it comes down to actually creating your curriculum, make sure that you’re able to focus on one topic (or set of topics) at a time. If you try to learn too many things at once, you’re going to overload and overwhelm yourself. This will, in turn, lead to you shutting down or burning out.

Instead, your curriculum should be set up in a way that allows you to really focus on growing one aspect of your knowledge base and then moving to the next once the quarter is over.

Here's an example of a four-quarter curriculum:

  • Quarter #1: Personal Development

  • Quarter #2: Networking

  • Quarter #3: Management

  • Quarter #4: Finance

As you can see, each quarter you would be learning something distinctly different from the last quarter. Obviously the four quarters above are examples, and they don’t have to necessarily reflect your curriculum (although if you’re trying to learn more about entrepreneurship, those topics may be a great place to start).

Once you’ve made it through those four quarters, you can take a step back and consider whether you would like to rehash any of those topics or move on to four new topics (you can always circle back around and refresh later if you’d like).

Break It Down Even Further

Quarterly Curriculum Of Mastery

It’s great to know what quarters you’ll be studying whichever topics, but that isn’t quite enough to be able to put yourself on autopilot. As we discussed before, you want to create habitual automaticity. To do this, you need to think about where you want your growth to occur within your schedule.

Take a look at what your weekly schedule looks like. If you don’t really know right now, this is a good time to take an inventory of your week and how your time is spent. Once you understand what your week looks like, figure out when you can start working in time to learn and grow.

Really consider what days and what times are best for you (this may include your days off from work!).

From there, you just need to follow your schedule until you ingrain your new habit. Then, you can simply transition to the next topic using the same schedule when you’re ready.

 During each quarter, it’s your responsibility to learn as much as you can within the time you’ve set out for yourself. You’re really going to want to push yourself and strive to learn more each day than you knew the last.

To learn more, you’ll want to consider using different educational mediums to ensure that you're hitting your topics from different angles:

1. Books

Books are the obvious place to start when looking to learn about literally any topic on the planet. If you’re on a budget, pop by your local library to check out books on the topics that you want to learn about for FREE. Depending on what country you're in, you can get unlimited free eBooks delivered straight to your phone or Kindle device with your library card.

2. Events

By attending events, presentations and conferences about the topic that you’re looking to learn more about, you’ll be able to soak up a ton of information from experts in your field. By attending events in person, you’ll also have the chance to network with others, form friendships and even build business relationships!

3. Podcasts

Podcasts are another excellent source of information and are generally FREE. Because most podcasts have ads, the focus is generally more on providing great information instead of simply trying to pitch you a product (although they may do that as well).

4. Courses

There are online courses for just about every topic under the sun, taught by qualified educators in their field. The best part is you don’t even need to sign up for college for these courses! Instead, you can sign up through an app or website, pay a fee, and have unlimited access! We have a ton of great courses here inside of #LurnNation, but there are other platforms for topics we don't cover as well.

There are lots of other places that you can learn information on your own time, but these are a few examples.

 Each quarter, you’re going to want to push yourself as hard as you can to learn. You’re going to want to overload yourself with information on ONE TOPIC and really learn everything you can within a few months.

Once you’re done with the overload phase, take some time to rest.

Make sure to build this rest period into each quarter. Your brain needs some time to cool off and decompress from all of the learning and stress you’ve been putting it through.

Remember how when you were in school you got summer and winter vacations? This is the same concept. You don’t want to take so much time off that you end up losing steam, but you also don’t want to work yourself to the bone for months on end with no time off.

There’s a nice balance that you can achieve where you’re learning each quarter and also winding down before the next quarter starts.

How Will You Use The Quarterly Curriculum Of Mastery?

Quarterly Curriculum Of Mastery

Using a quarterly curriculum of mastery is all about being deliberate about your learning and growth.

This isn’t a “life hack.”

Instead, it’s a way of building up your knowledge base that allows you to optimize your wealth and become one of the top people in your field.

Start planning out your quarterly curriculum TODAY and start working toward MASTERY in your field!

(Note: Ready to make your breakthrough? Check out Breakthrough Mastery, a course with our Lead Transformation coach, Jeremy Bellotti, to learn how to get exactly what you want out of life. You can find it here.)