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How To Get Good at Anything

Part II

What if I can show you that you can be good at anything. That despite the challenges, you can excel and that failure can be removed from the equation with a simple reframe.

Would you go for it? Would you start working on that thing you´ve been putting off?

In my last post I looked at how affective forecasting affects our decision making and I offered five things to consider that will help you move towards your goal – or at the least, get you started.

If you need a refresh or didn´t get a chance to read it, here the link: How to Get Good at Anything (

Here are the remaining five things:

6.Embrace feedback and critique: This can be tough on our egos. But in order to learn we need to be willing to admit that we don´t know it all. We need to recognize that as beginners, we are going to make some mistakes and the feedback/critique can help us make the necessary corrections that will allow us to move forward with greater confidence.

7.Adaptability: Being able to adapt your approach, learn from failures, and adjust your strategies is essential. It´s all about being able to make course corrections. As for failures, a simple reframe will take the sting out of unintentional outcomes. What if you looked at failure as learning? Learning moves you closer to success. So we never really fail, if we learn.

8.Continuous learning: learning something new and getting good at it is a dynamic, ongoing process. You need to embrace a growth mindset, be open to new ways of doing things. Embracing knowledge and maintaining curiosity is key.

9.Learn how to learn: Discover your learning style. We don´t all learn the same way. When it comes to assimilating information, one size does not fit all. You might need to hear it, see it, or feel it in order to get it. There are different methods and modalities available for the individual that desires to learn. Try some of them and discover what works best for you.

10.Patience and Perseverance: In a culture whose DNA has been imprinted with instant gratification, patience and perseverance are foreign concepts. While it may not take 10,000 hours, it will take some time. Give yourself the grace to be the beginner, trust the process and measure the progress. Celebrate all the small wins. We love small wins. They are huge motivators. Focus on how far you´ve come and not on how much there is yet to achieve. In time you just might find yourself at Carnegie Hall.

We all have dreams and ambitions, whether it´s mastering a musical instrument, excelling in a sport, becoming a skilled artist, or simply improving our every day skills. The path to proficiency is not reserved for a chose few. These key principles and strategies can help you embark on a journey to mastery.

Here´s to discovering a happier healthier you!

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