We’re continuously growing and learning. Everyone has unique gifts and talents, strengths and abilities.
Sometimes, though, we find ourselves questioning those skills and abilities. We compare ourselves to others with perhaps more natural talent.
Always remember, though: we ALL have the capability of learning new skills; whether simple or complex, for career or life. Through hard work, and by following these seven keys to mastering a new skill, we can become better… at anything.
1) Always Ask Yourself ‘Why’ | Value Provides Reason
When you understand why you want to achieve something, or learn something new, you’ll find more meaning and reason in your accomplishments. You’ll be further motivated to learn when there is value in what you’re doing.
Write down why this new skill will help you. Write down what this skill will allow you to accomplish and why it adds value to your life. Understand, 100%, why this is important, to you.
2) STOP Comparing Yourself to Others | You Are Valuable
Society has wrongfully taught us that if we do not measure up to the most talented among us, we’re just not good enough.
Honestly, that is not at all true. Everyone is different; we all have our own strengths and individual value. It’s also important to keep in mind, those who are incredibly talented did not start at the top. They also had to put in the time and effort to master their skills.
Yes, some may learn quicker than others. You also have the ability to master just about any skill. It just takes time, consistency, passion and dedication. You are unique. You are valuable.
3) Be Patient with Yourself | Learn at Your Own Pace
Ever feel like something is just impossible? Why do we feel this way? The main reason: we are too hard on ourselves. We sometimes expect instant results.
Instead, realize that learning should be done in steps.
When you first start learning something new, it may be difficult. Do not let a challenge discourage you. Anything new to us takes time to adapt to and understand. When you learn to be patient with yourself, you’ll find you may be better at something than you thought.
When you eliminate unnecessary stress, you’re able to focus better. Value the process of learning at your own pace.
4) Track Your Growth and Progress | Write Down Your Goals
It’s important to track your growth and progress. Learning a new skill may take more or less time than someone else, but only focus on YOU. Write down your goals, growth, challenges and achievements each day/week.
Being able to visually see where your strengths and weaknesses lie, allow you to target specific areas to focus on. And the more time you spend understanding yourself, the quicker you’ll be able to master the process of learning. Always do what works for YOU.
5) Practice with Consistency | Achievement Is Dedication
Being your best is the true ideal for being ‘perfect’.
If you want to master a new skill, you must be consistent.
No matter if you’re learning a program at work, a new task for school, a new fitness technique, or learning to play an instrument… mastering your talent/craft takes consistency. Set aside time every day to work on your desired skill.
6) Appreciate YOU | Be Kind to Yourself
Be happy with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Speak kindly to yourself. You should be your number one supporter.
Positive self-thought and self-talk provides inspiration and happiness. Always ask yourself: Would you be friends with you? Would you talk to others the way that you talk to yourself? Value YOU.
7) Relax | Enjoy the Learning Process
Breathe. Stop over-thinking and over-analyzing. Enjoy the learning process.
Learning truly is an amazing human ability. We can start from having little knowledge or experience… but with time and dedication we can master just about any skill.
When you’ve conquered your goals and ‘mastered’ your desired new skill, be thankful.
Choose to learn and grow with every experience. Keep your head up and your mind positive… and you’ll master those skills that matter most to your life and career.
About the Author: Brooke Griffin graduated from San Diego State University with a Cum Laude, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She works as a Social Media Producer, focusing on brand development and brand strategy. Brooke also has expertise in marketing, PR and event planning, and is a dedicated writer and blogger. Follow Brooke on Twitter!