Did you make a goal this year to acquire a new skill or enhance your current one?
We hope so, since the Statistic Brain Research Institute reports that “people who make explicit resolutions are ten times more likely to achieve their objectives than those who do not make clear resolutions.”
Although Statistic Brain also stated that just 8% of individuals who set resolutions last year succeeded in accomplishing them, we think that you may overcome the odds this year by making certain changes to your game plan.
Numerous articles have been published to provide advice on how to maintain your new year’s resolutions, but this post will concentrate on methods to better yourself this year by picking up a new skill.
1. DEVELOP YOUR STRENGTHS
When we make resolutions, we often adopt a “new year, fresh beginning” attitude, which leads us to set excessively lofty objectives to “transform and become a better person.” As a result, we often choose to improve our worst behaviors or shortcomings as a goal.
Of course, the ultimate objective is change.
And acknowledging our own shortcomings is the first step.
However, psychologist Rachel Weinstein argues that “changes occur in tiny increments over time.” Therefore, if we concentrate only on altering undesirable habits or limitations that often take time to overcome, we frequently get disappointed when things do not improve immediately.
What is the solution? While you’re addressing your shortcomings, consider a strength or ability that you can enhance concurrently. Because one approach to better oneself is to hone an existing ability.
In other words, if you’re good at something, be better at it. Enhance your ability by acquiring more relevant abilities. For instance, if you excel at writing, improve your abilities via frequent practice. Contribute content to existing blogs or create your own. As a pastime, I write tales. Alternatively, you may take it a step further by enrolling in seminars on creative writing, technical writing, or social media content writing.
This manner, you may continue to improve yourself while maintaining a more concrete feeling of progress. Not to mention that broadening your current skill set broadens your professional and creative possibilities while remaining inside your area of competence.
2. DIVIDE A SKILL DOWN INTO SMALLER ELEMENTS
The most often offered piece of advise for maintaining resolutions is to “dream big, but start small.” This is also true when it comes to mastering a new talent. It is unlikely that you will become a proficient Japanese speaker overnight, or even after a year of study. However, by breaking down “Learn the Japanese language” into smaller abilities that are realistically attainable in a shorter amount of time, you may move closer to achieving the larger objective without being overwhelmed.
For instance, while learning Japanese, you may choose to begin with kana and kanji or with simple phrases sufficient to get you through a single trip to Japan. It is entirely dependent on the objectives you set for each stage of the learning process and the degree of mastery you want to achieve in a certain amount of time.
3. TURN YOUR PASSION INTO A SKILL
According to career experts, you may convert your interests into talents.
Additionally, if you are enthusiastic about something, you are much than likely to be driven to improve. Therefore, while deciding on a new talent to master this year, begin with your hobbies. While writing movie reviews may not immediately transfer into the abilities required for your work as an HR professional, you will be improving your writing and critical thinking skills in the process.
4. ACQUIRE EXPERIENCE
One of the most effective methods to learn is via experience, so do not be hesitant to attempt new things, especially if they seem unrelated to your particular interests. You never know, it might be something in which you thrive. As Celes Chua of Personal Excellence said:
“…you need to explore. You need to get out there and start trying out different things. You need to gain experience, to pick up new knowledge, to get into new situations…The more experiences you get, the more knowledgeable you become.”