If you are looking to learn something faster, then it’s likely you want to learn it in the most efficient and effective way possible, right?
There are 9 steps to learn any new skill faster, that ensures that your learning experience and effort gives you a return on your emotional, energetic and often financial investment.
- What is the Skill?
- Why do I want to learn it?
- What are the best resources for learning this?
- What is a measured level of performance I am aiming for?
- What are the crucial mini-skills that make up the bigger overall skill?
- What tools do I need to have access to, to facilitate learning?
- When do I intend to practice this new skill?
- What distractions or obstacles will I need to solve to ensure I practice?
- How will I ensure I get feedback on my performance.
1 – What Is The Skill?
Get clear on what the main skill is that you want to learn.
2 – Why Do You Want To Learn It
Getting clarity on you WHY develops a stronger sense of commitment to practice even when you don’t feel like it.
If you want to know which practice session gives you the most growth…it’ll be the practice session that you don’t want to do, but you still make yourself do, that gives you the biggest personal growth.
Find your biggest emotionally driven reasons for why you want to learn this new skill.
3 – What Are The Best Resources
Learning effectively relies on your ability to find the right source or resource to learn from. Getting advice on how to create wealth from a poor person, does not mean you’ll learn about wealth effectively, right?
Speak to people, do research and find 2 – 3 of the best, world-class resources or sources to learn from. Ideally, find someone that has the result you want, and ask them to teach you.
4 – What Is The Measurable Performance Level You Are Aiming For?
If you don’t have some measure of success, you could be completely off course and not even know it. You might feel good, thinking you are getting closer to success, but if you are completely off course, you could be wasting your time.
This is why you want to have some measure of success, as your progress towards this measure gives you feedback about your accuracy and ability to execute the skill you are learning.
5 – What Are The Crucial Mini-skills?
Breaking down your bigger skill into mini-skills helps you to refine your learning and focus, reducing the chances of you feeling overwhelmed.
Instead of learning to master ‘Business’, which might seen overwhelming, you can break it down into smaller mini-skills such as Planning, Creation, Marketing, Sales, Delivery, Customer Service & Admin. This helps you to realise that you can learn a little in each mini-skill in order to start your business.
6 – What Tools Do I Need?
Learning specific skills becomes easier and more effective when you have the right tools. It’s hard to effectively learn how to cook a pancake, if you don’t have a frying pan, right?
Assess what tools you need to have access to in order to facilitate your ability to practice without too many obstacles or challenges in the way.
7 – When Will You Practice?
Plan out when you expect to practice this new skill. This helps you to schedule in time for practicing and also helps you to move your other obligations around in order to make time for learning the new skill.
8 – What Distractions and Obstacles Do You Need To Avoid
All of us are great at making excuses for why now is not the right time to practice. We are great at deluding ourselves into thinking that we’ll do it tomorrow…and when tomorrow comes, we put it off again.
Putting things off can become a self-sabotaging pattern. Be aware of your own excuses and what things you are likely to get distracted by. Create a plan on what you will do to avoid your distraction and your excuses from blocking you from learning this skill.
9 – How Will You Get Feedback?
When learning it is crucial to have someone who is knowledgeable in the area, to look in on your performance and give you feedback.
But if you can’t find someone, make sure you have some mechanism for getting feedback. Feedback helps you to refine what you are doing and speeds up your journey to mastery.
There is no such thing as failure. It’s all feedback.
By learning the 9 steps to learn any new skill faster, you’ll be able to boost your progress and competency when learning any new skill.
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About the Author:
Shane is the co-founder, CEO and Head trainer for Australian Success Academy, having trained and worked with over 8500 people around Australia in learning the incredible power of the human mind, ranging from Relationship Dynamics, Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Public Speaking.