The purpose of training is to practice skills in a controlled environment. You might be learning and practicing new skills, or you might be reviewing abilities that you already have so that you don’t lose them. At the core of training is practice.

Baseball teams have spring training. Spring training is an extended, intense practice before the beginning of the season. Firefighters have training sessions that allow them to practice responses to situations that they may not be in very often.

When you attend an education or training session, view it as a session where you will practice a new skill. Actively participate in the practice, even if it is just a mental practice. Training isn’t about opening the bucket of your mind and dumping in new information. Training is about building muscles so that you can be better in your next chapter.