The title may seem attractive to you. We all have things we want to improve on - whether that be movements in the gym, aspects of our nutrition and lifestyle, relationships, parallel parking… you name it. And that’s great! I think we should all have things we are working on. It keeps us on our toes, you know?
So I thought long and hard… and I’ve managed to boil my approach to 5 steps. Here we go. In no particular order, here’s what you can do to get good at anything:
Know your why
If you aren’t sure why you are working towards a given goal, putting in the work associated with the other tips is sure going to feel like an uphill battle when the going gets tough. Get clear about WHAT you want and WHY you are chasing it, first.
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Practice - a lot
Whatever you want to achieve, won’t come to you overnight. No matter how you slice it, you’re going to have to put in the work - and probably more work than you thought.
This is also why it’s so important for you to get clear about establishing goals that matter to you. As you can imagine, working your tail off for something that ultimately doesn’t mean a lot to you won’t be fulfilling, and you are more likely to get discouraged and give up.
Chances are, there is someone better than you at whatever you are trying to achieve. I’m not saying that to make you feel threatened - quite the opposite! It means that you have a “master” you can learn from, there is someone out there who can help you improve quicker than you would on your own.
I am a firm believer in the value of coaching, in all areas of life. The way I see it, there is no need to reinvent the wheel; why not lean on the experience of others and create a community?
Learn about 7 more reasons you should hire a coach here.
This one is at least as important, if not more so, than the previous tip about getting a coach. Without the openness and humility to welcome, receive and implement the coach’s advice, you are wasting everyone’s time.
Cultivating the humility to take advice doesn’t mean taking every tip at face value; in fact, engaging with your coach around their methods, approaches, and recommendations can be a great learning opportunity. However, this DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Relying on your knowledge.
You see, you need to realize that whatever you’ve been doing so far has gotten you to where you are at, and in order to achieve your goals, you’re going to have to try something different! Scary? Sure. Uncomfortable? Absolutely. But necessary, and endlessly enriching? TOTALLY!
You had to expect that one. Part of it is taking you back to the second tip I gave you, which is to practice - a lot. But make sure you are working hard AND smart; you have to be invested in your practice, and giving it your all! For physical endeavours (gym goals, sports-specific objectives, etc), that also means working hard on areas around the training itself: recovery, nutrition, mindset, etc.
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The way I see it, changes have to take place gradually in order to be sustained long-term. Choose Your Own Adventure sets you up for success by letting you dictate the pace of your progress.
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