Posted by: Rose Tol, R&I Life Coaching, February 22, 2013 in The Life Coach
It is even possible to be mastering skills right from the start? Most people want to achieve results right away, they want to become the best at something as fast as they can. Unfortunately it does not work that way.
But the good news is that it is no rocket science how to
achieve mastery and you can apply the principles right from the get go. This will get you off on a fast, forward moving positive start. From that place of movement it is so much easier to keep going, to keep taking action. And as long you are taking action you are moving towards your goals.
One of the most important factors of a person achieving mastery is their attitude. There has to be a certain desire and passion to achieve it. You want to be determined and belief that you will be mastering skills. We have to expect mastery from the get go.
One great way to get this desire is to pretend that the skill we are learning is going to be something we will have to teach others in the near future. We can make it even more extreme by saying that one day we will have to use this skill in order to lead our country with it. The higher the purpose, the more attention we will pay on detail through the process of learning the skill. Bit is has to first start from our expectations. High expectations lead to high results.
Think back in a time where you often hung out with a group of people. This may be from high school or from a club in college. Didn’t you ever notice that the more time you spent with these people, the more your thinking process became like them? When we constantly surround ourselves with the same people, we begin to act like them, we begin to think like them, and we begin to be like them.
That’s why in order to be mastering skills; we need to surround ourselves with people who know the skill best. But what if we can’t get a hold of celebrities of famous authors? The reality is that we probably can’t if they’re a thousand miles away from us or just are totally inaccessible. But what we can do is surround ourselves with their knowledge through their works such as videos they’ve produced or books they’ve written. If a person watches a tape or reads a book over and over again, eventually they will start to adopt new ways of acting and thinking. It’s just a matter if one is willing to dig out the past material, study it, and apply it into their own lives.
This is the step where most people go wrong. You can’t decide to master the game of golf without knowing how to do the basic swing. Similarly, you can’t decide to score twenty points in a game when you don’t know the basic arm position form of shooting. Everybody wants to get to the flashy skills – the ones that awe people – but they rush past the fundamental steps in order to reach that level.
Instead, spend as much time possible until each basic skill set is perfected. For example, remember those times when we had to write English papers for our professors? Maybe you still do. To get a solid A, you can’t expect to ramble off whatever is in your mind. A good essay consists of the basic understanding of how to organize an essay, how to write a thesis statement, how to make the essay persuasive through supporting examples, and how to properly use grammar and punctuation. These are just the basics. But without any of these steps, the essay is bound to be flawed.
Okay, so once you’ve got the expectations, the people that you’re going to learn from, and the basics down, the last step towards perfection is probably going to be the longest step. It is however, the most rewarding, and it is practice. The people who are at the top of their game have spent endless hours each mastering their craft. These include rock stars bands like The Beatles, software developers like Bill Gates, and music composers like Mozart.
In a passage from Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell writes:
The idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.
I can totally hear you screaming, “Ten thousand hours?” That’s the number that experts say it takes to reach true mastery. But that doesn’t mean that you need to be the next Bill Gates or Mozart in order to become a master at it. You do however need to practice at a skill enough times until it seems perfect to you. If you have this kind of mentality, whether or not you are trying to be the best at it, you will be able to learn any new skill quickly, eventually master it, and also be able to excel faster than other anybody else who is trying to acquire the same skill as you.