Deliberate Practice vs. Experience

Deliberate PracticeHave you thought about where you want to be by years end? Do you know what you want to have achieved?

There are so many ways people differ from each other yet we all have ample paths to developing our own talents. First and foremost, we need a sense of urgency and possess an “I must do this” attitude.  When you do not have the right motivation and devotion, you risk putting off what you need to do to make your goal a reality.

The next best steps would be a mix of experience and practice. Simply put, you need both but one just happens over time while the other we have complete control over. I don’t know about you, but I’m not leaving my goal(s) to chance.  I’m taking the proactive route and carving out time to practice.

It should come as no surprise that the best method for “rapidly” accelerating our professional skills and reaching goal(s) is to practice. Unlike experience, this is full engagement in structured training activities designed to improve a particular aspect of our performance.  Whether it is recruiting, sales, and/or Customer Commitment; be deliberate about how you sharpen your skills.

Make this the year you seek out a supportive mentor, read books relevant to your goal(s), and proactively develop who you are as a person. Experience alone will only get us so far and the learning curve is a much slower pace.  Take control and be deliberate!

Think about how deliberate practice compares with what you’re doing now.  I bet there is a good chance you could be strengthening your talents in a far better way.  At the end of the year, what you really want to accomplish is capitalizing on who you currently are to become who you want to be.

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