You recently found a new hobby or you saw someone do a really cool card trick and you wondered,
how do people do it? How are they so good at it? How can I do it? We've all asked this to
ourselves at one point or the other in our lives. It reminds me of this conversation between
Doctor Strange and the Ancient One in the movie Doctor Strange.
"How do I get from here to there?" — Doctor Strange
"How did you get to reattach severed nerves and put a human spine back together bone by bone?" — Ancient One
"Study and practice. Years of it." — Doctor Strange
You might not be the best at everything, but what if there was a way to significantly improve your
skills in a specific area? Whether it is writing, playing the piano, or doing card tricks there
are some steps you can take to get on your way to becoming a pro at it.
In this article, we'll discuss a whole lot of little steps that are necessary to get to the point
where you have developed expertise in that skill.
Tips mentioned in the Article
- Sacrifice Your Normal Life
- Establish a Goal
- Divide and Conquer
- Focused Practice
- Find a Mentor
Sacrifice Your Normal Life
To become good at something, you have to give up everything else in your life.
You have to give up your interests, hobbies, and social life. That might reduce your productivity.
It takes an incredible amount of sacrifice to be very outstanding at anything. The greatest
way to accomplish this is to step outside of your comfort zone. Modify your everyday habit
and begin accomplishing something you're not being used to. You can start by reading and
practicing your work or setting up a goal, be it long-term or short-term, as long as it
is achievable and will boost your confidence.
Establish a Goal
Once you've determined what you want to do, it's time to consider how you'll accomplish it.
A lot of people don't know what they're doing wrong that they're not getting better at something.
They just keep trying the same things that haven't helped them before. If you can find one
thing that is keeping you from becoming really good at something, figure out how to fix
it by writing down your goal on paper and breaking it down into steps.
First, determine your own level based on the pyramid method. If you are a beginner, determine
your starting point by looking at the lowest goals in the pyramid that are practical for you.
You will then move on, the further you move up the pyramid, with each level being more difficult.
Look at your goals on paper to see what they are.
Divide and Conquer
Setting a goal may seem simple, but we know it can be hard to determine what you want to achieve.
So if you're not sure how good you need to be at something, just start small. Among the most
effective methods to begin this process is to divide your task into manageable sections.
For example, if you are learning a new language, break the task down into memorizing
vocabulary and listening comprehension. By doing so, you can focus on specific skills one at a time.
"The more you practice, the better you get, the more freedom you have to create." — Jocko Willink
After breaking down your task into smaller pieces, practicing is a must. One of the hardest
things about becoming really good at something is finding a way to practice consistently.
It's easy to get sidetracked, and it's also easy to become disappointed when you don't see
quick results. One of the most effective methods we've discovered to practice is through
Deliberate practice is a method of focused attention practice in which you work smart
instead of work hard. You can achieve this by staying focused on practice and avoiding
any distractions, such as your mobile phone.
Find a Mentor
Finally, a mentor is always a better guide to all your problems and practice. Learning
to become really good at something is hard, but finding a mentor that is willing to share
their knowledge can help you get started. Asking questions of someone who has already
achieved what you want to do will help you get more comfortable with the process of
learning and how to succeed.
This may be the person who you want to emulate if they seem like an inspiration or
just someone that seems influential in your life. If you cannot find a mentor, try
going online and looking for someone's blog. You might even take a course from someone online.
All skills are something that you can work on. You don't have to be born with a talent
or inherit it from your parents. The way you practice will determine how good of an
expert you will become. Just like anything else, practice makes perfect. So get out
there and start practicing your skills!