How to Become Very Good at Something

iStock_000004629645XSmallEven if you already have knowledge relative to how to do something, there is always a way to hone your skills in so that you can excel at it.  Becoming very good at something transforms you into a commodity. That is, a person who is sought after for their expertise, and that is a very good thing to be since it can command a higher paycheck than someone can who is merely acceptable, or only possesses a mediocre knowledge of what it is they do.

In my opinion, it is very difficult to become a master in your craft without the assistance of a mentor.  A mentor is someone who already knows the ins and outs of what they do to an accelerated degree.  It also makes your daunting task that much easier if you have someone you can run things by to make sure you comprehend the information accurately.

I have had the awesome privilege of having Brady Cameron, the Creator of Mental Warrior Training as my mentor for numerous years now.  I can tell you, under no uncertain terms, that being able to discuss questions I had regarding the personal development training together with him provided me with a higher degree of clarity than I would have ever achieved if I was left to draw my own conclusions.

Learning from our mistakes may seem more difficult than it sounds, but not if you adjust your viewpoint to see each one of them as the opportunity they truly present to identify a problem and arrive at a solution.  Mistakes are nothing more than experiences that present themselves for us to learn from.

Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before he invented the light bulb.  Without Edison’s persistence and optimistic viewpoint regarding failures, who knows just how many years the world could have been left sitting in the dark!

Taking stock of your accomplishments, meaning things you have excelled at or performed well in the past will provide you with a point from which you can begin analyzing how you achieved that level of knowledge or ability.  Determining your Creational Formula, as we do in Mental Warrior Training, lets you know what works for you and can streamline your ability to achieve results towards what you want to become very good at since you now have a roadmap to follow.

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”  “Practice, practice, practice.”   While no one is sure where this famous quote originated from, its’ meaning is crystal clear.  Unless you are lucky enough to be born with an innate talent to play concerto piano, the only way you could expect to make your mark in the music community would be to practice relentlessly.

The same is true when it comes to how to become very good at something.  Practice makes perfect.  So, even if your goal is to merely become good at pressing your clothes, persistence to the details of how to create defining creases will come with practice and repetition.

Lastly, identify what it is you do not know about what it is you want to know about.  Students often are not aware of all the elements it takes to master a subject until they identify all there is to know about the subject.  From there, they can begin to gradually and diligently apply their focused attention to the material until they become very good at it, just as you can with anything you choose to master.