Have you ever tried to learn something but given up?
Maybe it was a language, surfing, running a marathon or even starting your own business.
I was very guilty of this a few years back. An example that sticks out in my mind was Spanish. I paid for lessons, studied a bit in my spare time but quickly gave up after a month. How much Spanish could I speak? Nada.
Over the last year I’ve started to learn and achieve things quicker than before, and more effiently too. I don’t find myself giving up easily, I manage to gain momentum through mini wins early on and the end results have been great.
In this video (and article) I wanted to share with you the system I got shown and showcase how to learn anything faster.
3 Steps To Learn Anything Faster
Here’s a recap of the steps I cover in the video, just in case you can’t watch it.
1. Define Your Why
What is your reason for learning? What do you want to achieve and why do you want to achieve it? Not having a strong enough ‘why’ is a big reason most people fail when trying to learn something new.
Think about it…
If you wanted to learn Spanish because you thought it would be ‘cool’ to speak another language you may easily give up, the ‘why’ isn’t strong enough. But if you had to learn Spanish within the next 3 months because you just secured a 6 figure client deal in Spain and they didn’t speak English your ‘why’ would be stronger. If you failed to learn the Language, you could potentially lose the contract.
When looking at something you want to learn or achieve analyse the reasons why first. A strong why will give you the motivation to keep learning and it will stop you from easily giving up.
2. Get Someone To Show You
Sounds like a basic principle but so many people avoid being shown what to do. Maybe it’s the ego, maybe we feel weak if we have to ask for help.
If you wanted to learn to Surf you could browse numerous articles and videos online for a good few hours trying to perfect the technique. You’d hit the waves, try putting it into practice and most likely fail. You’d try again, try again and after a while you may pick it up. A quicker and more efficient way would be to simply find someone who was in your position before (who couldn’t surf) who is now at a level or beyond that you want to achieve and get them to show you how.
Think about it, these are people who’ve been in the situation you’re in right now and achieved what you want to achieve (and more) and you’re simply getting them to show you how.
The same method works for anything, whether it’s within business, improving your health and fitness or learning a new skill. Find someone who’s succeeded and mirror them.
But how do you find people to mirror?
The first option would be to find a coach or teacher. You can find a coach in any area online pretty easily. They’ll range in prices but if they’re good at what they do the investment will be well worth it.
You can also speak with friends and people you see who’ve achieved something you want to achieve. You can often offer them smaller fees (as they don’t specialise in coaching) or trade skills. For example if you want to get in shape and you see someone at the Gym who’s achieved a similar level you might want to ask them to show you how trading off your skills. If you’re a Plumber, they may need some maintenance work done at home. If you’re a Web Designer they may be after a website. Trade skills for free advice.
3. Celebrate Mini Wins
I didn’t mention this in the video (as I was pacing to the beach) but I wanted to include it. It’s important to celebrate your mini wins along the way. I’ve done this on many occassions, looking at the end goal without rewarding myself. When you’re not at the level you want to be you beat yourself up over it, halting your motivation to carry on.
Celebrate every mini win you have along the way. Look at your progress and see how far you’ve come. When you learn to Surf at first it’s difficult to even catch a wave. Then it’s difficult to stand up. When you manage to achieve one step of the process, celebrate it and reward yourself. This will create momentum.
So there we have it, 3 simple steps to learning new skills quicker.
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