To become excellent at performing a particular technique or skill, engaging most of your energy and focus in a ‘single direction’ is the most direct, and effective, method of doing so. Consistently repeating the same type of actions (that are physical or mental) on daily bases, until, you become truly efficient at a specific skill, will work to fuel and broaden your understanding and, as a result, advance your set of skills.
Becoming highly skilled “in anything” is not an effortless (or easy) task, especially during the beginning of trying to do so. The individual can, and most likely will, quickly become uninterested, exhausted, and feel pressured. Frequently, one is required to repeat the same collection of actions ‘continuously’ until the desired skill is mastered (or at least performed with good accuracy), then suddenly discover that:
- Their newly obtained set of skills (which they’ve worked hard to acquire) can be dramatically improved
- New methods of doing things is required to produce better results
- Their actions must be “changed or rearranged” to acquire the new skill(s)
- New efforts of repeating a new collection of actions (to master the necessary set of skills) must be set in motion
This process is entirely normal, and is only part of the challenge which successful people are aware of, and well accustomed to. In fact, truly successful individuals are hardly surprised when such situations surface and introduce their new difficulties.
Any man or woman, involved in any field of endeavor such as; sports, manufacturing, literature, law, entertainment, home building, technology, medicine and medical advancements, science and so forth ‘comprehensively understand’ that acquiring new skills (to keep up with any changes) is a normal part of the process. Becoming more skillful, represents the continuous evolution of the collective human knowledge, enjoying the process makes things easier.
Truly successful individuals (regardless of their level of intelligence), are not like ordinary people when challenges arise. They do not easily or quickly become “uninvolved or uninterested” in what they demand to conquer. In fact, they are the type of people who will continue to repeat a specific task, so often, that it would seem abnormal to the average person. It would nearly appear as if they are ‘addicted’ to what they do. Nevertheless, it is purely the normal act of a prosperous and productive person, that is working to grow themselves and realize their goals. They are more interested in evolving and growing their understanding of the task which they have assigned to themselves, and mastering it by enforcing discipline. Boredom, discouragement, and failures do not have a strong effect on them, simply because they are too preoccupied in their involvement. Of course they do to take breaks, because breaks are a necessary refreshment for the mind and body. But, as soon as they do recover, they relentlessly continue forward with their dedicated efforts and focused work.
To become (and remain) part of the successful minority, find the determination to master the repetition of specific tasks which you set for yourself, without permitting any venomous thoughts (such as; procrastination, laziness, discouragement, fear of failure, hesitation, etc) to interfere with your progress and self evolution. Determine to focus all of your available energy and resources into the craft you aim to excel in. Making this kind of a concrete decision (and backing it with daily action), will continuously work to elevate your level of skills, that is needed to grow increasingly successful. Ultimately, success is a process of “increase and growth.” Perfecting a skill, will supply you with the necessary elevated state of mind needed to advance.
As you make measurable progress, and achieve small victories, award yourself for small victories by occasionally reminding yourself of them. If you do not occasionally (or even regularly) appreciate, recognize, and celebrate small victories, then you will not continually strive to become more effective, exert greater efforts, and aim to produce better results. Appreciate and give recognition to every small progress you make, in order to make the process of success more tolerable and enjoyable. Recognition is important, and it will serve to keep you improving and happy to work hard towards your aim. Maintain a record of your small victories and refer to it often, small reminders of what you’ve accomplished are always encouraging and constructive to the achiever. You can compile your record of small (or major) victories in a personal notebook, or other simple ways of record keeping for you to quickly recall and reflect on historical achievements. Unquestionably this is a healthy habit, because it will keep you enthusiastic, committed, and passionate about reaching for greater future achievements. To live a full life, is to keep growing in all possible aspects.
Make it a habit to “build on” your existing set of skills by examining them. If you think you can do something in a more efficient way, then immediately begin to test and implement the new technique you’ve discovered. Do not delay, since time does not wait for anyone. The value you have in your possession, along with your capability of delivering it to others, has a demand and can constructively help others, this duty can only be fulfilled by you. The better you become at enhancing yourself and your level of skill, the more demand there will be for your creations, productions, services, merchandise and whatever beneficial needs you can offer the world.
At the end of the day, whatever skill you manage to master, will be yours to keep for the rest of your life. It will serve you in countless ways, and will also serve people in helpful ways. Always remember that improving yourself, is good for you, but ultimately “is great” for the world. To improve yourself, is to improve the world, because you were born into this world, therefore you’re an important part of it. One must not simply improve the self “only” for the benefit of the self. The goal of self-improvement is to create a person of value to the world. The best way to do this is to deliberately direct our mental and physical resources towards a definite aim. To improve the lives of others, we must first improve ourselves. No self-made man or woman of high value, were born with such title beforehand. Each self-made person had to labor hard on themselves endlessly, to place themselves above and beyond the average person, before rightfully earning the prosperity they enjoy today.
Indisputably, you will exert much of your energy in any sort of activity or job you’re involved in. It would be wise to exert your energy and resources in the direction of building your skills. Many things require your attention and energy, in regards to professional and personal life. Find the time, energy, and balance to grow set of skills because realistically you only have a limited amount of physical and mental energy to spare per day.
Many benefits come along with perfecting yourself. One becomes more understanding sympathetic and peaceful as a result of self perfection. We become increasingly open minded, and adaptable to changes as a result. Perfection in anything brings out the beauty and elegance of its subjects (you), which by nature attracts the attention of its viewer (others). Observe a beautiful building, which was created by a dedicated architect, and you will recognize and enjoy the beauty of it through its details and professions. Observe a successful athlete, and the demonstration of their perfected skill which took many years to acquire, and you will appreciate their dedication.
Humans were built naturally imperfect. Nevertheless, we can become extremely effective, and perfect whatever skills we purposely focus our attention on.
Begin now you have nothing to lose and much to gain. By making valuable contributions to yourself you, are essentially making valuable contributions to the world because you are building, and perfecting, an individual who has much value to offer to others, and receive a generous compensation in return (in many forms).
To acquire and build a particular skill, determine and set an appropriate time of the day to practice. You can do this before attending your daily job, or after completing your work shift. Be certain to isolate any distractions, which can deter your focus. The idea of perfection is not to become “good” at something, the idea of perfection is to become “excellent” at something. Perfectionism can not be attained for a cheap price. However the price of it is within everyone’s reach. Our time, attention, genuine interest and involvement is the price we pay for perfection. You cannot attain perfection for a lower price, there’s no cheating, even if you tried. Cheating is simply “not possible” if one desires to attain perfection.
Success is a long building process that can be boring, laborious, and tiring. That is one major reason as to why successful people advise others to “do what they love.” Through it all, keep gradually moving forward.