Whew…life is one big learning curve isn’t it?
We start out knowing nothing but what’s instinctual…and from day one have to start soaking things up like a sponge.
Fortunately, when we are young our minds are empty, not full of all the garbage that we’ve had stuffed into it along the way that we do as adults.
As an adult, learning a new skill can be extremely tough.
The Importance of Keeping an Open Mind
We have to be careful about being close minded to new ideas. Too often we judge whether or not something will work before we even begin. This is because throughout life we’ve become jaded, and we have turned disappointment into fear of being disappointed again.
So the first thing that you must do when it comes to learning a new skill is to open your mind to the fact that it very well might work.
Having Faith in Yourself and Those Who Have Come Before You!
The next thing that you need is some faith. Now this faith has to come in two forms.
First off, you MUST have faith in yourself. Probably the biggest thing that gets in the way of people’s success of learning a new skill is low self confidence and self esteem.
Why we must always think that we CAN’T do something instead of CAN right away is beyond me. I suppose somewhere in the DNA structuring it’s a protective agent, but when it comes to success, it’s nothing but a deterrent.
The other part of faith comes down to believing in the person that you’re learning from. Now this takes some work. It means you have to seek out somebody who does actually know what the heck they’re doing, and can show you proof of that.
But after you’ve done your homework it’s up to you to let go and trust in what they’re teaching you. Everything new feels uncomfortable at first, and so your first inclination will be to blame that you’re not being taught right.
Instead, you need to deal with the uncomforting feelings, let them pass, and carry on learning your new skill.
In my business, Network Marketing, people who learn from Ann and me will all too often give up before they even get started because of that feeling of stepping out of the comfort zone.
Talking to people about your new business, and getting to know your products, and all the stuff that goes into running a home business can seem very uncomfortable at first, but just like anything else, once you’ve learned it becomes second nature.
The one’s who give up on our teaching, even though it’s proven to send people to financial freedom, will very often sit in amazement when they see people that we teach after them go on to great things.
They think it’s some talent that the other person has that they don’t.
The truth is, the one’s who succeed, get through the uncomfortable parts and trust that the system Ann and I have developed over the last 20 years will work for them as well.
Using Your New Skills
The last thing you have to do when learning a new skill is to actually use and apply it. It does you absolutely NO GOOD to learn a new skill and file it away in your mind to never be used again. You have to use your skills or else they will be useless in the long run.
I hope that the next time you’re required to learn something new, you’ll think about or re-read this article for inspiration.
Let me leave you with this thought from a very famous British novelist: “To succeed, we must first believe that we can.”
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