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2 Techniques You Can Use To Master Any Skill

2 Techniques You Can Use To Master Any Skill

If there is something you want to become good at, there is a method you can use to efficiently master that skill. I want you, for the moment, to forget there ever was such a thing as talent. Most of the things that people perceive as talent were just uniquely developed skills early in childhood. 

Read on to learn the two very powerful methods for you to be able to acquire a skill FAST.

Creating Grooves In The Brain. 

The thing about habits (whether it’s a behavioral habit or a habit of thinking) is that, as it is constantly repeated, it actually creates grooves in the brain. These neuro-connections become physical manifestations on the brain.

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It’s important that you begin to control your habits by becoming the driver of your own bus. Are you driving your bus or is someone else driving it?

The more that you are happy, the more you are training your mind to be positive and happy. If you always look for the negative in things, your mind will become very efficient at it. To create a specific habit, consistently do it and think it and eventually it will become automatic.

You know when you’re mastering this habit when you no longer have to pay it any attention, you do it automatically and rather than getting yourself to do it, you are now compelled to do it.

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It takes a rocket headed to the moon 80 percent of its fuel to leave the earth’s gravitational pull and it only uses 20 percent of its fuel to take it to the moon and back! When you’re creating a new habit (whether it’s eating differently, getting yourself to work out, stop smoking, etc), it will take a lot of energy in the beginning, but soon enough it will become automatic and compelling.

This concept of habit creation through consistency is a critical understanding when learning a skill.

Technique 1: Plan, Do, Review. 

Plan, do, review, is the same notion as “Ready, Fire, Aim.” Most people are “getting ready to get ready.” They’re essentially saying, “Ready, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim….” and they never fire. They never take action.

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The critical part of mastering any skill is by mastering through adjusting. Back to the rocket metaphor, a rocket headed to the moon is off course 90 percent of the time! It’s those little jets that keeps it on course. Those little jets are the valuable corrections needed on your road to mastery. It cannot be done if the rocket hasn’t left the earth’s gravitational pull.

  1. Step 1: Make a plan. Okay, now I know what I have to do.
  2. Step 2: I do it. All I’ve got to worry about is the next step. Once I get there, then I’ll worry about the next step after that.
  3. Step 3: What did I learn?
  4. Step 4: Repeat. Adjust your plans accordingly from the data you’ve gotten from Step 2.

Technique 2: The 8th Wonder Of The World. 

Albert Einstein called “Compound Interest” the 8th wonder of the world. Once you’ve taken action on the road to mastering a specific skill, compound interest makes it so your learning from those actions do not add up, they compound each other.

In other words, your competency does not grow by addition, rather they grow exponentially. If you ate a donut everyday for a week, you won’t tell the difference. If you read 10 pages of a good book a day, you won’t tell the difference. Compound interest makes it so the results on your sixth month of consistently doing something will dwarf the results you’ve had for the past 5 months combined!

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How exciting is that?

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Last Updated on May 16, 2019

The Daily Rituals of 7 Successful CEOs

The Daily Rituals of 7 Successful CEOs

One of my favorite success quotes ever comes from one of the original and most successful ‘CEOs’ of his era: Aristotle. Here’s what he said:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

This advice is just as sound today as it was when Aristotle first expressed it, way back when. I’m reminded of this at least once a week, when I interview an inspiring author, leader, or successful CEO on my show. I ask my guests a series of questions about what has contributed to their success and their ability to build something meaningful.

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You want to know what nearly all of them say? Almost every time, they respond by telling me that their success is the result of simple habits  enacted day after day.

These quotes from seven successful CEOs demonstrate the daily rituals that have contributed to their success:

1. Promote what you love.

“It’s so much better to promote what you love than to bash what you hate.” – Jessica Alba, CEO of The Honest Company

2. Develop a feedback loop.

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk, CEO of TESLA Motors

3. Create things that are better, not just “different.”

“Our task today is to find singular ways to create the new things that will make the future not just different, but better—to go from 0 to 1. The essential first step is to think for yourself. Only by seeing our world anew, as fresh and strange as it was to the ancients who saw it first, can we both re-create it and preserve it for the future.” – Peter Thiel, CEO of Palantir and best-selling author of Zero To One.

4. Meditate.

“Meditate. Breathe consciously. Listen. Pay attention. Treasure every moment. Make the connection.” – Oprah Winfrey, CEO of OWN Network

5. Read every day.

“Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest.”-Warren Buffet, CEO of investment firm Berkshire-Hathaway

6. Block time for email.

“Set aside a 20- to 30-minute chunk of time two or three times a day for email. Do not check continually through the day.” – Doug Camplejohn, CEO of predictive lead marketing company FlipTop.

7. Make your customers happy.

“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” – Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com

Develop the right rituals. Become a successful CEO.

If the majority of these daily habits are new to you, avoid making the crucial mistake of adopting all of these habits at once. Research on habit-formation indicates that lasting habits are formed one at a time.

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For example, let’s say you’re excited about developing the following daily habits:

  • daily reading,
  • daily meditation, and
  • updating your to-do list every night

Let’s say that daily reading is the one that excites you the most out of the three habits noted above. It would be wise of you to begin by choosing and scheduling time to read every day, and then sticking to that time until it becomes a habit. Once it feels effortless and automatic, you’ll know that you’ve turned it into a daily habit. Now you’re ready to install the next habit… and the next… Until before you know it, you’ll start looking in the mirror and seeing the reflection of a successful CEO.

Featured photo credit: Amy Hirschi via unsplash.com

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