Knowing is the first step to mastering any area of your life. We need to be aware of what we need to work on. That’s why many people don’t achieve their goals and dreams because they don’t learn what they need to change in their lives. There are 4 steps to knowing:
First: Is you unconsciously not knowing something, you are ignorant/ naïve. This is also called the state of bliss. Here you can be happy with not knowing your problem. Ignorance is Bliss, and that’s why a lot of people don’t want to change. They are afraid of knowing they have a problem.
Second: Is consciously knowing that you don’t know something and don’t have any skills in this certain area, this state can be daunting and hard to handle. But the harder the obstacle the more you will grow and develop. You will always thank yourself for your hard work in overcoming incompetence! (Use the struggle to fuel and motivate you to learn and become better.)
Third: is consciously knowing and have some skills in an area of your life. You must continue to work on learning and applying things into your life, and actively practice skills you have learned. In this state, you begin to reap some of the rewards.
Fourth: is unconsciously knowing a certain topic or skill. At this point it has become a habit and doesn’t take effort. This is the pinnacle of knowing and where we must strive to be.
Knowing is something we can and should do daily. Pick one area that you really want to focus on and make it your goal to master it, it will be difficult but it will be worth it to master that area of life.
Doing is where we put our knowledge into practice, this is where a morning routine comes in handy. With a morning routine, you can incorporate a certain thought pattern or skill. (Here is an example, let’s say you realized you are depressed and want to change. You think “what can I do to change my mind to think positive?” you decide that when you wake up you will think of two to three things you are grateful for. This is a great habit to include into any morning routine. I’ve personally done this and it has changed my mindset enormously.)
You will struggle at first with doing new things. But Enjoy the process of self-development, it is by far the most rewarding investment of time you can make!
Living is where you have completely immersed yourself into a certain area that you enjoy. At this point you are completely competent and skilled, this doesn’t mean you’re perfect in this subject but you can teach others how to become a master.
The Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule is a study that says it takes 10,000 hours to mastery anything. If you committed 8 hours per day, for 5 days a week, for 44 out of the 52 weeks in a year, it would take you 5 years to achieve mastery and to accumulate those 10,000 hours. That’s a long time, but don’t feel overwhelmed by this. Set a few personal goals which could include practicing for 30 minutes per day or an hour a day. It takes time to practice anything, but make it a lifestyle and enjoy the process. By making it a part of your daily life you train your mind to unconsciously think and act the way you have trained your brain. Once it’s a lifestyle it’s easy to continue to become a master. (P.S. This is why GOOD habits are so important! BAD habits left unchecked can lead you to a dark and dreary place!)
Malcolm also talks about deliberate practice which means, pushing yourself to the limit, actively learning and applying what you’ve learned. This is what separates the amateurs from the pros. Practice makes perfect, but perfect practice makes masters.
10,000 hours is a long time Mastery takes time and commitment, so don’t give up. You are taking the right steps to become better, and I thank you for helping yourself. You are committed and willing to act to achieve your goals and dreams! Keep at it!