How to get better at anything. It’s definitely something that you should know because you’ll need it for the rest of your life for just about anything you’re going to do. Getting good at something should not be an elusive secret, it’s really quite simple. Let me tell you all about it.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice, practice, practice. Almost everybody would have heard that when they were younger, and it’s something not to be taken lightly. You need to drive the idea of practice into your head and heart to get good at anything. It’s that simple.
That means you need to build discipline. You need to set up a schedule and strictly adhere to it. You also have to be able to maintain the work ethic for as long as possible. Meaning that if you’re going to practice something one hour a day, you should be doing that forever. It’s much easier to break a good habit than create one and much more difficult to break a bad habit. Keep that in mind.
That being said, without the proper practice, you can run into a little bit of trouble. We’ll discuss this in the next section.
Practice Makes Permanent
Ever heard of the phrase “practice makes perfect?” Well, it’s not entirely true. There’s another phrase called “practice makes permanent” which is focused on the negative aspect where practicing the wrong techniques will lead you to use the improper form forever.
Here’s an example with a piano. If you practice with flat fingers for years on end and never learn to play with curved fingers, you’re going to face the problems of inaccuracy of notes, the speed of your playing, and tone control for eternity until you spend another few years fixing your problem.
This is why we need perfect practice. We need to practice with the right technique and form to become the best we can since bad technique only goes so far.
The other part of perfect practice is targeting attention at areas that need work. As contradictory as it sounds, practicing everything is not the best move to get better at the thing you are practicing. That’s because you’re spreading your time thin and wasting time practicing stuff you’re already really good at rather than focusing on getting things that you’re not so good at up.
But going back to the idea of practicing with proper technique, we’re going to talk about how to do that next.
Teachers and Coaches
The most obvious method to learn the right techniques is to find a qualified teacher or coach. Having the right teacher or coach will help you get good at the thing you want to get good at much faster because you won’t have to spend the time learning the proper technique.
Following the example with piano, it’s much easier to get good at the piano if you have a qualified piano teacher. A good piano teacher will teach you how to voice parts of the song, how to incorporate your whole body into playing, and other things that professional piano players do while one without a piano teacher will likely suffer from poor technique and not be able to play at the highest level.
Another benefit of having a teacher or a coach is that the discipline problem is much less prominent since you have someone always at the back pushing you forward. Sports players know this best, when you have someone with you and motivating you, you’ll almost certainly succeed faster.
Of course, not everyone can pay for a teacher or coach and sometimes it’s just not worth it. You can still get good at anything self-learning especially in this day and age. With the power of the internet, you can almost always learn of the proper techniques for searching online.
There are also plenty of online courses that are much cheaper than a private teacher which continues to add to the number of resources we have.
For those of you who are looking for more tips than just practicing, this section will interest.
I found that if you make put different topics together and connect them, you learn and remember so much faster. You’ll also discover new angles about your topic and use methods that are superior yet uncommon.
For example, if you play sports, but you’re also studying biology, you can learn about different ways your body functions and how you can gain an advantageous position in sports by applying what you learned in biology. This way, you do better in, but you’ll also remember the biology content better just because you used it in a real-world scenario.
Another way to approach the relationships and connections to get better at something is to do something related to your topic that also solves another one of your problems. Kill two birds with one stone am I right?
My favorite example is blogging. You can blog about the topic you’re trying to get better at and remember the content much better since you have to teach it, but you can also make a little bit of money or a full-time income depending on how passionate you are. It’s what I like to call, getting paid to learn.
What do you need to do?
Find out how you should be practicing and then build discipline practicing what you want to get good at. You could find a teacher or do the searching online like what we have mentioned. Then to get even better at what you’re doing, you need to apply it in different contexts and see your topic from different angles.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below. I would love to hear your thoughts!