Learning a new skill….how do we do it?
Recently I read an article about this very topic by Jim Rohn, my long-time virtual business mentor – and although there were four points (start with disgust about your current situation, then make a decision, then kindle desire, and finally resolve to move forward), I confess, I was looking for something more tangible.
Something clicked when I watched Max, our 17-month old grandson, learn how to go down the big slide in our backyard all by himself. Because he did this rather quickly, in about 30 minutes actually, I analyzed the process (doesn’t every nana??).
Some observable steps in the process
Get a coach.
I was right there next to Max from the beginning. He wanted to go down the slide like his brothers, but it truly was unsafe for him to do it by himself. He climbed up the ramp with help- and with me right there next to him, he got to the top.
Take some action to start the learning process
Max climbed up to the platform with help and guidance.
After you get started, take a few minutes and look at the options for the next step.
Once he got to the platform, Max stopped and he seriously looked at his options. There was the ramp he had climbed up, the wooden ladder (which is a bit scary to climb down for almost everyone), and a bright yellow slide that has some ‘bumps’ in it. Eventually, he chose the slide…and it was sheer delight (and possibly a lot of terror!) to go down the first time.
Max got to his feet, and although he wanted to climb up the slide (why is it that every child wants to make the return trip by going UP the slide???), his coach guided him to the ramp. He climbed up and did the whole process again. And again. And again.
Stick with your coach to gain a measure of confidence.
Max seemed very happy to have me next to him as he climbed the ramp, and he didn’t mind that I held his hand as he went down the slide for the next few times.
Take the action all by yourself! Be ready to be amazed!
Max zipped down the slide and had a huge smile on his face! He knew what he had done, and as his coach, it was fantastic to watch him enjoy the fruits of his labor!
What do you want to learn to do (better)?
To make this post practical for you, take a few minutes and think through what skill you want to learn, or want to learn to do better: relationship skills, presentation skills, time management skills, parenting skills, listening skills, networking skills, playing the piano, cooking, baking…the possibilities are endless!!
Now watch for the next post, and let’s get you on your way to learning a new skill!
If you want to have a personal conversation with me about learning a new skill (i.e., learning better eating habits?), feel free to call/text 480.382.8255, and ask for Mari (Mary with an ‘i’).