I gave you the ultimate challenge. I want you to master a new skill.
Naturally, there are always many reasons at to why you shouldn’t do something. Mastering a new skill is no different. We can get carried away with the excuses.
Let’s go over the main excuses to not picking up a new skill. We’ll use my goal to learn Spanish as an example with these excuses.
- Excuse #1: too intimidating. This is what gets me. This has been hitting me the hardest with learning Spanish. The trick here is to experience “little wins.” This involves tackling a small problem or feeling good about some sort of progress. It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular.
- Excuse #2: too much work. A new skill is tons of work. It sucks. But then again, isn’t anything worth doing, going to take a long time? I’m sure it didn’t take you one day to court your partner. Learning a new skill isn’t easy either.
- Excuse #3: not enough time. There’s only 24 hours in a day! How could I possibly learn a new skill? Well because you don’t need that much time. You already have all of the time that you need. It’s about setting priorities and getting things done.
- Excuse #4: why bother? What’s the point of learning Spanish? When you’re feeling tired, it’s easy to get this thought stuck in your mind. Why bother? Because you set a freaking goal and nothing’s going to stop you. There’s no going back now.
Okay, the excuses are done with. It’s time to look at how you can master that skill for once and for all. These are a few additional, and simple steps that have worked for me in the past.
Become ruthless about learning a new skill!
You’re late to a party? Who cares. You can’t meet a friend to loiter at the coffee shop? So what! You missed the new episode of Dexter? Shame on you, but you’ll survive.
You have to become ruthless here or else you’re never going to learn anything. Play time is over. It’s time to get things done, unless you want to keep on making excuses. I know that you want to master a new skill. This is why you need to become totally dedicated. Don’t let anything stop you from your goals.
I listen to my Spanish podcasts no matter what.
Dedicate 30 minutes a day.
I recently entered a new challenge with some blogging peers. The goal is to write 5,000 words per week. Is it difficult? You sure bet. If you tried to write 5,000 words in one shot, you’d lose your mind. However, spread over 7 days, 5k words is nothing. A new skills is just like this.
I want you to dedicate 30 minutes a day. That’s all. Make sure it’s a productive 30 minutes and you’ll be surprised with what you can accomplish. Do you have an extra half an hour to spare?
Practise any chance that you get.
To learn Spanish, I bother every single Spanish-speaking human being that I know. I thought that this would come off as rude. In fact, I’ve noticed the opposite effect. Folks are so impressed that I’m eager to learn their language that they have no qualms with trying to help me. Everyone has been pretty welcoming to my lame attempts at Spanish conversation.
The goal is to constantly practise. Do you want to learn guitar? Play as often as you can. Do you want to become a personal trainer? Don’t miss your damn workouts. Practise my friend.
I want to see you master a new skill. That’s all there is to it. Are you on board?