Techniques To Help You Master Any Skill You Want
With all the professions that now exist, many people dream of becoming experts in each of those fields. Although thousands of positions may be available, potential candidates may lack the necessary skills to do the job properly. There is hope, though, as there are ways to master the skills you wish to have.
Here are a couple of ways to help improve and master any skill:
1. Deconstruct the skill, make it less overwhelming
What many people do not always realize is how overwhelming it can be to learn even the most basic of skills. Many skills are built upon ‘lesser skills.’ For example, a football coach does more than simply tell his team what formation to play in next. He must be able to read the other team, determine which players are best for the field based on offense or defense, and plan accordingly based on the opposing team.
2. Focus on the process, Not the product
Much of the problem that comes from learning a skill is how hyper-focused people are with the end result. According to Thomas M. Sterner, “when you focus on the process, the desired product takes care of itself with fluid ease. When you focus on the product, you immediately begin to fight yourself and experience boredom, restlessness, frustration, and impatience with the process.”
When you are too focused on what you’re going to get out of it, you begin to second-guess yourself judging how well you are picking things up, and eventually becoming negative. Each mistake is blown out of proportion, making it even more difficult to move onto the next step in the process.
3. Commit yourself to 20 hours of practice
Before you choose something to learn, first determine how much time you wish to dedicate to learning the new skill you have chosen. Give yourself a specific amount of time, write out a schedule that plans out each day you learn, and do your best to adhere to it.
Just like when you were in school, practicing might be hard the first few hours, but as you progress through the difficult parts of learning, success with come with greater ease as you continue to practice.
4. Give Each Part Full Attention
For each ‘lesson’ that you schedule, do not give one any more attention to the other. Multitasking will not help a person learn a skill any faster, as focusing on a single task in how to get the most out of every lesson.
It is important to start slow when practicing a new skill.
5. Feedback from a Master
It is hard to learn and refine a skill on your own. Most of the people considered “masters” of the skills they possess achieved those levels with the help of a ‘master.’ Having the perspective of one who has already mastered a skill will allow you to find errors that you did not see yourself.
The aid of a master will help keep you from practicing a skill the wrong way and thus mastering it the wrong way.
6. Back to Basics
The progress of any new skill is always slow at first. While it is important to keep steady progress when learning a new skill, it is sometimes important to review lessons you’ve already completed for yourself. It aids in strengthening of the brain and helps to add the info of that skill to our long-term memory. Think of it as a small vacation from the harder lessons.
Just as every building requires a stable foundation, the practice of old lessons will help build a solid foundation for the skill you are trying to master. As you progress, you’ll be thankful that you went back to review old lessons.
7. Stray from your comfort zone
While learning a new skill is great, what is the point of practicing something you are already familiar with to learn a new skill? Take a step away from what you can do already and learn something a little more complicated.
You might be discouraged if you stray too far out of your comfort zone, so do so within reason. Start out simple, and then work up to something a little more difficult.
If you want to master a new skill and aren’t sure where to start, here’s a small list of some of the easiest skills to learn: Moonwalk, whistle with your fingers, twirl a pen, pick a lock, and telling better stories.