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The Secret to Mastering ANY Skill (Even If You Think You’re Late)

The Secret to Mastering ANY Skill (Even If You Think You’re Too Late)

The 3 Keys of Mastering Any Skill You Might Have Missed

I’ve always searched for the perfect and most efficient way to finish all my goals and become good at anything I wanted. But I’ve always struggled to improve what I was already doing.

I reached high levels of consistency and repetition. But my work was stagnant. I kept making the same mistakes. And I was stuck in a pattern with little to no improvement.

But I had to change to succeed at my side hustle. And it all started with the 3 keys of mastery.

The 3 Keys of Mastering Any Skill

If you want to master any skill, you need three things:

  • a lot of consistency
  • to learn from your failures
  • and to replicate your successes.

And having one or two of them is not enough.

  • If you are consistent, you will always produce something. But does it matter if nobody wants to see it?
  • If you learn from your failures, you will improve your craft. But will anybody follow you for one piece of work a year? Someone might, but nobody likes inconsistent people.
  • While if you only replicate successes, you limit your reach and never evolve. People will get bored, and you will eventually lose your audience.

So, can you master any skill you want?

Yes, if you apply those three keys of mastery. So now, I will give you the routine experts use to become good at any skill they want.


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The Secret of Mastering Any Skill You Want

Experts have a strict practice routine that allows them to become the best in their field. But their routine is nothing special, and you can apply it too.

So here is the 3-step routine that will help you master any skill you want in life.

1 — Set intense goals.

You can’t set average goals when trying to improve a skill. Improvement is a challenge, so your goals should be challenging.

  • Set intense goals focused on a specific skill instead of the overall performance.
  • Leave out the skills you have already mastered. I used to concentrate on all my tasks at the maximum, but it was exhausting. Most times, I was so tired I couldn’t focus on the skill I wanted to improve. So, mark the critical tasks in your plan differently. Prioritize them and give them your undivided attention.
  • Work on a weakness. You can’t be good at everything. But you can become better or decent if you work on your weaknesses. So, deal with everything that affects your performance first.

Also, you can split your weaknesses into two categories:

  1. The Improvement Bucket contains every task you could improve and master.
  2. The Delegation Bucket includes the activities you don’t like. Even if you become decent at them, you will never excel. So it’s better to give them to somebody else.

2 — Reach your goal consistently.

In the first step, you won’t set a common goal. It will require more effort. So you have to approach it differently.

  • Give it undivided attention. Have you ever tried to study with the TV on? You can’t. So, reduce distractions to the minimum. Every distraction will make your efforts in vain.
  • Work with great effort. You should know the task will be challenging from the start. So give everything you have because it could make the difference between success and failure.
  • Start with nobody watching. I used to practice my critical tasks publicly because I thought it could help me. But public practice adds up to the stress and makes you nervous. Plus, it can distract you easier. Making experiments with new techniques in public can bring you success. And you can test it. But don’t start with it if you are not ready yet. Reach your improvement goal first. And then, if the results are worth sharing, do it later.

3 — Never stop practicing.

You set your narrow goal and reach it once. Great. And now what?

One time is not enough. You will improve nothing by doing a good job once. You have to be consistent. So practice a lot.

You can even practice in public now that you are more confident in your skills. But deliberate practice has to follow a few rules:

  • Total concentration and effort. Just because you reach your goal once, it doesn’t mean you can get distracted from now on.
  • Immediate and informative feedback. If you practice in public, you shouldn’t have trouble getting feedback. But if you don’t, find a mentor or friend who can criticize and praise your progress.
  • Repetition with Reflection & Refinement. Take a moment of reflection between training sessions. Try to understand the feedback and decode it into actionable steps. And then try again applying those refinements.

Final Thoughts

Pick one specific skill you want to master or at least improve. Define the stretched goals you should reach to improve. Reach them consistently. And then, keep practicing.

Use the infographic below to track your improvements.

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