Start with your mindset. The belief that you can improve the desired skill could make or break your development. Scientist call this self-efficacy, and it's too important to ignore when trying to develop your skills. Take time to think about the beliefs you have about the skill you are going to practice.
Deliberately practice. Break down the skill into micro-skills and focus on mastering each part...one at a time. Breaking the skill down will help you clarify what to focus on as you practice.
Embrace 1-step challenges daily. Try stretching your skill-set one step beyond your current skill level. Embrace these micro-challenges daily. This will also promote flow. Remember from our Flow 2 Minute Drill video...challenges too big will overwhelm us and challenges too small will bore us.
Detach yourself from the outcome. Forgetting about the outcome may seem counterintuitive but it actually allows you to perform your best during high pressure situations...by being fully immersed and focused on the present moment.
Create an energized focus. Get clear on exactly what you want to practice and develop today...make it something invigorating or meaningful.
Be ALL IN. Immerse yourself into your practice session. Remove any distractions or multi-tasking. Sorry...you gotta put the phone down 😉
Value getting better vs looking good. This promotes a mindset to take necessary risks to improve your skills. Mistakes are welcomed and part of the growing process.
Practice grit. Grit is the ability to set long term development goals and persevere through adversity. Pay special attention to the way you respond when adversity strikes.
Space your learning & practice sessions. Ten hours of practice in one day does NOT = one hour of practice for 10 days. Just like our muscles need time to rejuvenate after a grueling workout, our brain needs time to rejuvenate after an intense deliberate practice session. Trust the process of horizontal practice time (1 hour of daily practice for 10 days) instead of vertical practice time (10 hours of practice in 1 day).
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