The Three Step Process Of Mastering Any Skill

How to master any skill

The Three Step Process Of Mastering Any Skill

You can master any skill you want to. Even though you are able to master any skill does not mean you should or need to master it. You will want to be intentional about which skills you master and which ones you leave alone. Focus your time on mastering the skills within two main areas: your strengths and core work responsibilities or roles, like communication or leading. Anything outside of those two main areas would not be as beneficial for you to master.

The time spent in each of the below steps will depend on the skill you want to master. There are basic skills you can master quickly while other advance skills will require more time and effort. Remember, when it comes to mastering any skill, time is your friend. The three-step process of mastering any skill is to learn, apply, and teach the skill.

1. Lean

The first step is learning everything you can about the skill you want to master. This is where you will want to set-up a personal growth plan. It should include the overall skill and any subsections that you will need to learn about. For example, if the overall skill is communication, the subsections might include: Body language, public speaking, storytelling, emotional intelligence, and the different types of communication styles.

Take time to figure out which overall skill you want to master and all of the subsections of the skill. Focus your time on one subsection at a time until you have worked yourself through all of the main ones. There are several ways you can learn about a skill. They include: reading, listening to audio content, being coached or mentored, practice, visualizing performing the skill, or watching the skill be performed. Learning is the first step in mastering any skill.

2. Apply

Once you have taken the time to learn about the skill, you will want to begin to practice and apply it into your life. You will still want to continue growing and learning about the skill in this step. To apply means you regularly and intentionally practice or perform the skill. Since it will be a skill within your strengths and/or work responsibilities you should have plenty of time to practice or perform the skill at work. The key is to apply, apply, and apply some more until the functions of the skill becomes second nature. In time the act of applying and sharpening is when you will move from novice to mastery.

3. Teach

You can really begin to master a skill by walking through the previous two steps. This final step of teaching solidifies the skill. It’s like pouring liquid cement into a sidewalk frame and waiting until it dries. Over time the once liquid cement becomes solid and hard. The same is also true when you are able to competently teach the skill to other people. Your mind and actions reflect the skill, you can effectively perform it, and you obtain high results from working in it.

There are several ways you can begin to teach the skill. It might be through coaching or mentoring sessions with your staff or private clients, teaching it through video and posting it on YouTube or your Vlog, or teaching a class at a University. You should do whatever you can to share and teach the skill to other people.

Question: How do you master a new skill?

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  • Over the past few months I’ve been trying to learn Spanish. I find that an important part of learning a new skill is not giving up to early and not getting discouraged because you’re not as good as you want to be or not as good as others who are also learning that skill. For me it’s about being consistent in my practice over the long term, so if I miss a few days here and there I don’t get upset about it but rather just come back and keep moving forward.

    • Hi Caleb,

      Great point. Having a never give up attitude is so crucial. Thank you for sharing the wisdom.

  • For several years now, I’ve resisted the idea of only strengthening your strengths and not focusing on strengthening your weaknesses. Through the process of studying to take the GRE exam and some other challenges this past year, I’m beginning to finally realize the importance of focusing more on strengths and not getting hung up so much on weaknesses. You’re winning me over, Dan.

    • Hi Kari,

      I’m glad your seeing the benefits of focusing on strengths. You rock! I’m glad my writing is helping you become a better leader and person:)