Learning a New Skill

Public speaking, a new language, a musical instrument, making the perfect cup of coffee, or a new CrossFit movement. These are just a few of the endless types of skills you may one day choose to learn.

Learning one of these skills won’t necessarily enable you to excel at any other skill. However, learning the process for learning any of these skills may very well lend itself to most, if not all other skills you want to learn. Some skills may take longer, but there are some common themes we can use to enable ourselves to learn.

Figure out your WHY

Having a deep-rooted connection to why you want to learn something new is essential. This connection to why you want to learn a new skill will keep you consistent when things get more challenging. This is not to say that you can’t learn a skill without a “why,” but your chances will be better if you are rooted in your purpose of learning. If you want to learn how to dance and your WHY is “it looks cool,” you may or may not see that skill development. But, if your why is “I want to dance with my significant other at weddings,” you have a better chance of ripping up the dance floor. Inevitably, you will have moments of frustration while learning, but you’ll find that it is much easier to rally with that more profound WHY.

What’s the end goal?

To know if you have achieved your goal of learning a new skill, you first have to know what that will look like. Set a goal. If you want to make the perfect cup of coffee, how will you know when you have reached it? You could ask five different coffee experts to rate it. If they all give it a 5 out 5, you have reached your goal. This may not be the best example, but you get the point. Make a specific endpoint so you will know that you have, in fact, learned that skill.

Ask for help!

No matter what skill you want to learn, there is help around every corner. Youtube, SkillShare, Apps, mentors, teachers, blogs, vlogs…. You get the idea. How quickly you want to learn this new skill is directly dependent on how much you want to invest in it. Let’s look at learning a new language. You could try to self teach, not utilizing any pre-made learning resources. This would take a significant amount of time. You could use apps and other educational tools without an in-person teacher. Quicker than the first option, but still the fastest way would likely be to hire a personal teacher and submerge yourself in the culture of the language you are trying to learn (also a great excuse to travel). By hiring a teacher, you will be investing the most amount of money, but you are in turn, going to learn your new skills quicker. Time is valuable, so make sure you look at it as a currency more valuable than money.

Now you have a general idea of how to attack the new skills you want to learn. There is no shortage of resources out there to learn what you want to learn. It will always come down to you and your commitment to learning. Find your WHY, know where you are going, and invest in help. If you are interested in learning a new skill in the gym, be sure to book your FREE Goal Setting Meeting. To learn more about new skills in the kitchen and with your nutrition, book your FREE Nutrition Consult.

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