When you’re learning something, after you’ve mastered the basics, you can start to feel demoralised with it, even bored. You feel you know everything you need to know. This can be frustrating, since you’d like to feel the same enthusiasm you felt when you first began learning Portuguese or learning to ride a unicycle.
But fear not, there is a method for recovering your interest in the skill and continuing to develop that same skill. The idea is that you try learning another skill, one that is related to and synergistic with the one you’ve just become acquainted with. You can keep your main interest “warm” by just doing fifteen minutes of it three times a week whilst trying out the new skill. This will be enough to prevent you from losing your knowledge of it altogether.
Why not dip your toe into another pool of knowledge for a change? When things get stagnant in life, it can be healthy to shake things up a little bit. So, if you’re a dancer, you could try yoga. Or, a singer could try meditation breathing techniques. Learning both alongside each other can mean they feed into each other and give you the inspiration to carry on.
Choosing to learn something related to our already-existing skills can give us a new perspective on what we’ve been learning. It can help to try something completely new if you’ve become totally stuck and just need a break. By the time you have found some new inspiration, you will be ready and raring to rediscover the skill you were thinking about leaving behind.
Keeping things varied and interesting will keep your learning on its toes, so you are always excited to start. Having this handy tip up your sleeve can mean the difference between dropping an activity and becoming an expert.
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