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"Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly--until you learn to do it well."  

-Steve Brown  

 

We've all heard about the 'learning curve,' right? It's that period of time that spans incompetence, competence and mastery. Along this curve your skills will range from pretty poor to excellent. It must happen this way; there just isn't any way to skip these steps because mastery comes from doing: "Practice makes perfect."   

 

Oftentimes you'll find that the more worthy the task or skill you desire to master, the longer the learning curve will be. If it's worthwhile, you'll need to put in your time and pay your dues. It's easy to see this fact of learning from the comfortable position of having already mastered your basic skills: "Well of course it will take time to learn to ski or to become a doctor." On the other side of mastery, we see this clearly; or do we? I believe that the farther away a person is from having mastered a skill, the harder it is to see that skill as something that requires practice.  

 

Go easy on yourself when you approach new ideas and skills. As an adult, you may have forgotten the need to perform poorly for a while when learning. It isn't embarrassing to not be good at something the first time you try; it is expected. Find ways to practice with other people who have mastered the skill you desire. Allow them to teach you so that your mastery comes faster. Pay attention to the process of learning, too. If you can remain judgment-free as you learn the skill, you'll learn something about yourself, too. That is a cool bonus!  

 

Tell me what you think about performing a new skill poorly at first. Are you the kind of thinker who wants to get into shape before she hits the gym? E-mail me at Lorraine@Peacemaker-Coach.com, or post your thoughts for all to learn from at http://www.Peacemaker.Forumotion.com.  

 

"Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly--until you learn to do it well."  

-Steve Brown  

 

Warmest Regards,
Lorraine Esposito
914-410-7502

Life and fitness coach and author Lorraine Esposito has been featured in broadcast, print and online media and is a public speaker regarding personal leadership and empowered parenting to community and school-based audiences. Find out more about Lorraine at www.Peacemaker-Coach.com and her latest book at http://www.morningpeacemaker.com  The Morning Peacemaker, How to get your kids out the door on time without saying(nagging) a word. If you have kids ages 2 to 12 you'll LOVE this book

  

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