Model and Emulate Trailblazers & Experts
“No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.” – Brian Tracy
(Just about) Anything you want to do has been done, in some form, by someone else. And for everything you want to learn how to do, there’s a book, video, audio, course or some sort of instructional aid, the only challenge is finding it (and generally that’s not even that challenging… ).
The above quote generated two questions I want you to ask yourself:
What are you not doing because you don’t know how (and are avoiding learning)?
What are you doing only adequately, that you could be doing exceptionally if you have a better approach and method?
What stops you from trying something new, even though it means learning? Perhaps you really don’t want to do it? Or, if it’s just fear that stops you, how can you either connect with the pay-off that lies at the accomplishment or the benefit of learning a skill or activity?
In terms of the second question, what stops you from improving something you do already? Would it be better to no longer do that thing? A provocative question, but if you’re not improving at something why are you doing it?
I love to consider the concept of mastery and how it doesn’t matter how poorly you do something at first as long as you’re willing to try; the key in the doing of something is to always look for ways to improve. Mastery is not perfection, it’s the journey from novice to ever-improving – and evolving – (Master/) practitioner.
How can you be a Master? What can you start, or make better?