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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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Jose Ramos helps people use winning habits and strategies to build their dream life instead of settling for average results and feeling stuck. Get his free guide to setting and achieving your awesome goals so you can boost your life to the next level, which could be getting a raise, losing 10 pounds, or traveling more.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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