Learning new skills can enhance your life, increase your creativity, add new interests or offer up new challenges. The trouble is, learning something new can sometimes appear daunting. As much as you might want to learn to paint, write a book or play a musical instrument, it can often feel as though the end result is out of reach. However, your goals are more attainable than you think. These six ways of learning a new skill faster help to maximize your abilities.
1: Choose A Skill You Feel Passionate about and Set a Goal
Your own enthusiasm will be the motivating power to learn a new skill. If you’re passionate about what you are doing, you’ll have the psychic energy to invest into learning. When you enjoy a skill, it doesn’t feel tiring or draining. Your own energy will guide you and motivate you into new methods of learning. Once you know you’d like to learn, set a goal or deadline, so that it isn’t simply an idea which stays on the back burner.
2: Believe You Can Do it
It’s only possible to master any skill if you believe you can do it. When you believe in yourself, you know you can obtain your goal. Believing in yourself means that small stumbling blocks are seen as challenges rather than proof that you just can’t do it! When you believe you can, your innate creativity will come into play, finding ways around the barriers or blocks that are simply temporary frustrations.
3: Break The Skill Down into Easily Manageable Sections
By taking a skill apart, and learning it section by section, we learn to master each task effectively. Cooking, for example, might seem complicated, but dividing it into poaching, boiling, frying, baking, braising and grilling, and learning each element, step by step, might make it easier to achieve success. Breaking a skill down into small sections stops it from appearing quite so intimidating.
4: Find The Basic Building Blocks
By focusing on the basic foundations, you’re often able to achieve more than you think. Specialization comes later. If you can cook 5 basic sauces, for example, you might be able to cook a great many dishes. Likewise, the ability to cream butter and sugar, or whip up egg whites, may enable you to create a great many dishes. By focusing on the broad strokes rather than the minor details, you’ll realize that you are far more capable than you think.
5: Connect With Somebody Who Has Mastered The Skill
By connecting with a person who has mastered the skill you’d like to acquire, you multiple benefits. Firstly, you get to watch somebody who makes the challenge look obtainable. Often, watching somebody demonstrate a talent helps you to learn tips or techniques which you can pull into your own learning. Secondly, by contacting a person who has achieved your goal, you can learn about problems this person faced, how to solve them, and the struggles and frustrations along the way. This means realizing that you are not alone when you hit obstacles. other people have struggled too, and still obtained their goals. Speaking to somebody further along the path means sharing ideas on how to solve your problems. They will no longer feel insurmountable.
6: Practice Makes Perfect
It is only by practising that a skill starts to feel natural. Your body will learn to perform the task via memory (remember how difficult it felt when you first learned to drive). As you become familiar with the task, and you start to feel more accomplished, it is far easier to work towards the next step. Practice builds up a memory not only of struggle but of success. When you’ve baked those cakes or played those tunes, you know you can do it. Future problems or struggles don’t take away from prior successes. If you’ve learned one part of a skill and you can manage it well, you know that putting energy into this new block will pay off too. Practice means that the skill will no longer feel new or unfamiliar – and before you know it – you’ve done it!!