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4 Essential Steps to Learn or Improve Any Skill More Effectively



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You have big dreams that ignite your soul. You want to live those dreams today. Yet, you’re not equipped with the skills that’ll lead you to those dreams. You need to get better. You need to learn new skills. You need to take your abilities to the next level and a few levels beyond that before those dreams are within reach. The faster you learn these skills, the faster you’ll achieve your dreams.

Here are 4 essential steps to learn or improve any skill more effectively:

1. Know Your Why

When you don’t know why you want the goals you’re pursuing, it’s easy to be pushed off course by the many things that go wrong in the process. Once you’re off track, you don’t have compelling reasons pulling you back to try again. On the other hand, when you know your why, you’re motivated to take action and persevere past the roadblocks.  

The more captivating your whys are, the stronger their gravitational pull is towards your goals. A mediocre why is wanting a promotion at work because you want to make more money but not knowing what you want do with the extra money.

A better why is wanting a promotion because you want to buy a house. The second why provides more motivation to take massive action towards that promotion. Find the purpose that guides you. Know your why before you set a goal or start learning new skills.

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford

2. Cultivate a Winning Attitude

Learning new skills is hard. There’s a learning curve you must go through before you get good. While you’re improving, you spend most of your time outside of your comfort zone.

You’re reaching past the edge of your current abilities. You’re failing over and over again as you improve your skill level. There’s no way around these challenges. To add a new skill to your toolbox, you have to accept that you’ll be bad at the skill for a while.

A winning attitude allows you to embrace the failures by reframing them as a natural part of the learning process. With this mindset, the failures become a step towards your goal instead of a roadblock holding you back. With a productive mindset, you can overcome the feelings of doubt that creep in about whether you’ll get better over time.

The right mindset even allows you to enjoy the process by celebrating the small wins early on, which means you’ll be more likely to practice more often and more effectively. The more you practice at the edge of your abilities, the faster you’ll learn the skill.

3. Develop a Roadmap

Once you have powerful motivators and a productive mindset, it’s time to create a roadmap that guides you to where you want to go. How long will it take to learn the new skill? What are the markers along the way that let you know that you’re on track? What do you have to do on a daily basis to ensure you’re making enough progress?

Your plan answers all these questions. The plan is the GPS that guides you in the long-run as well as the short-term. It tells you when you need to recalibrate your efforts to get back on track towards your destination.

It tells you where you are and how far you need to go. It removes and reduces uncertainty and risk. The more time you spend developing your plan and tweaking it along the way, the smoother your journey towards your goal.

The best plans identify the major pain points that cause people to give up on learning the new skill. When you anticipate the things that can (and probably will) go wrong, you can develop strategies to overcome those setbacks before they even occur. It’s like having a superpower that boosts the odds of your success. The more detailed and flexible your plan is, the faster you’ll learn the new skill.

“Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

4. Add Doses of Accountability

When you procrastinate and put in uninspired effort, what keeps you honest? When you’re improvising instead of following your plan, what nudges you back towards sticking to your plan? If you don’t have accountability, it’s much harder to get back on course when you lose your way.

You can learn to make yourself accountable. You can hold yourself to a high standard of following through on what you say you’re going to do. That’s a crucial dose of accountability. Without it, you become one of those people who say they’re going to achieve x,y, and z while never taking the action to make those goals a reality.

You can add another layer of accountability by asking a friend to check-in on your progress on a weekly basis. This adds more checks and balances that serve to keep you on the path you laid out for yourself. The more layers of accountability you build, the faster you’ll learn the new skill.

What helps you improve your skills? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

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For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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