5 Simple Methods To Mastering Any Skill
Mastering a skill is, without a doubt, very important for success in life. Mastering a skill allows you to be on the top of whatever field you are in. It opens doors for you. It allows you to make more money. Plus, those who are very good at what they do have a sense of purpose and fulfillment about them. Learning any skill is tremendously rewarding, especially if it is difficult to master.
Picture yourself going back to the gym to work out for the first time in months. The first few sessions at the gym when you are out of shape are some of the most difficult and humbling experiences of your life. You feel drained, you feel weak, your muscles ache, and there is no way that the weight on the bar feels this heavy. But you persevere. You continue to put in work and over time you slowly progress. After 3 months time, your muscles are bigger, the weights are heavier, and even though the workout is still difficult, you have an inner strength that helps you push forward.
I want to provide you with 5 simple ways to make tremendous progress with any skill and give you the ability to master it over time. Having this framework will allow you to make vasts amount of progress in a shorter amount of time.
- Set Goals.
Goal setting is one of the most important ways to help you become successful. If you haven’t already utilized the power of goal setting, I highly recommend it. Goal setting may sound easy, and it can be, but you want to do it right. I would recommend purchasing Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy. I’m not getting paid for that plug, that’s just how much I believe this book can help you.
Setting challenging but achievable goals can help you gain direction and measure your progress. If you’re not hitting your goals then you need to evaluate what’s going wrong. And if you’re hitting them too easily, then you need to set loftier and more challenging goals. This is a fantastic first step because it allows you to visualize where you want to be in 1 month, 1 year, and 3 years time. Dreams become possible when you write them down and turn them into goals.
2. Educate Yourself.
The first step to wanting to master any skill is understanding that there have been people who have come before you. Leverage this knowledge by studying how the most successful people in that area got to where they were. We are blessed to live in a day and age with the internet. This is the age of information. Utilize what you have to your advantage. Many people say that knowledge is power and this is only partially true. Knowledge is potential power, it only becomes power once you begin applying what you have learned. So get out there and begin learning what you need to know to master the skill you want.
3. Get a mentor.
Similar to educating yourself, it is good to have someone who has been there before. Someone who is now a master in their field but was once a beginner just like you. The advantage a mentor has over education is that you can have a conversation with your mentor. You can ask them questions about things that confuse you, there may even be principles or foundations that you disagree on.
The best part about having a mentor is that they can help you navigate the initial minefield of getting into the discipline. A lot of people will fail early on simply because they psyche themselves out, and they will come up with a million reasons why they should give up rather than reasons why they should keep going. Having a mentor can give you the push to keep going when you feel like you don’t have what it takes, and they can hold you accountable when your motivation is lacking.
It’s going to be rare that you will just bump into the perfect mentor in the middle of the street. Most people who can mentor you are probably too busy or just don’t want to. But in most any field, there are coaches you can hire that can help you along. Yes you may have to shell out some money here but the best investment you can make is an investment in yourself.
4. Join a community of like-minded individuals.
When mastering a skill, it is essential to understand that your competition is an asset and not a liability. Those you are working against will be beneficial to your own success. I heavily advocate joining a community of like-minded individuals in the field you want to break into. The world is so damn big that there is boundless opportunity for those who do things right. Successful people understand this concept which is why they have no issue helping out others trying to make their way. Joining online communities or finding live networking events can be hugely beneficial for your growth. Meetup.com is a great resource for live events. Do some research on your own and find out what group(s) will be best for you.
5. Put in the time.
Last but definitely not least, you must put in the time. Today, many people are searching for shortcuts and ways of hacking their time to get ahead quicker. That’s fine, there is no problem with wanting to be efficient. But at the end of the day, hard work is still the way to go. I put this last on the list not because of lack of importance but because I believe if you incorporate the three things above with working hard, you will use your time wisely and efficiently. You will not just be diving into this blindly not knowing if you are making any progress. You will have goals laid out and people to help keep you on track as you progress. As you continue to put in time, you will get better, and can attain mastery.
What skills are you looking to master? Are you in the pursuit of mastering a skill right now? Leave a comment of what you plan to master and your blueprint for getting there.