Practice makes perfect when it comes to skills.
G. I. Joe Fallacy: the idea that knowing is half the battle. It needs to be retired not just from our theories of how the mind works, but also from our practices of trying to shape minds to work better.
As a consequence, if you want to achieve an objective, lectures alone will not suffice. You want to be more prepared. Lectures can only help you learn more. It will not provide you with the tools you need to improve your job performance.
Set (realistic) goals!
Your objectives should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound).
You can also use the WOOP technique (wish, result, challenge, plan) to set goals and achieve them more quickly.
WOOP is a scientifically supported instrument that assists us in changing our habits and achieving our targets. It’s the outcome of a mix of mental contrasting and implementation intention. Two methods that are now very successful on their own.
Baby steps first!
Goal directed practice entails stitching together a series of small efforts in order to achieve a longer-term objective. The important thing is to turn your very vague end goal into specific set of actions. When you think about, even showering requires a lot of small steps. You got to stand up first, find the towel etc.
Think of it like a snowball effect. You start small but slowly start getting momentum and you’re already really good at the skillset before you even realize it. Don’t try to invest 10 hours in your skill the very first day, you’ll be burnt out. Start small and go bigger from there. 10 mins a day for a week doesn’t sound as intimidating as 10 hours, right?
Focus on important parts. You don’t need to know everything (80/20 rule)!
According to the Pareto theorem (80/20), with certain results, approximately 80% of the effects come from 20% of the reasons. 20% effort/knowledge is what you need to get 80% of the outcome. You can get good at things fairly quickly. It’s being great at them is what takes time but we aren’t trying to be great at everything we do now, are we?
You need feedback to learn any skill faster!
Garbage in, garbage out. If you practice wrongly, you’ll get the wrong results. Here, comes the value of a mentor. But, you can’t always find a mentor. In those circumstances, use the internet to your advantage. Ask people who are learning the same skill you are better than you for feedback.
When people hesitate to give honest feedback on an idea, draft, or performance, I ask for a 0-10 score. No one ever says 10. Then I ask how I can get closer to a 10. It motivates them to start coaching me—and motivates me to be coachable. I want to learn how to close the gap.
Although, be mindful of not blindly applying the feedback. Test them first.