Motivation and inspiration can be hard to find when building a new skill. Especially with something so expressive as writing, you look toward life experiences and serendipitous moments to spark your next topic. However, those moments feel few and far in between. I do love sharing on the blog but motivation and inspiration could not be my sole driving factor to keep content fresh and exciting. I came across some great advice and found it applicable to other areas. Most of the time, the solution is the problem. My problem has always been staying consistent. Consistency is also the secret ingredient to successful work.
Believe it or not, great work truly comes from practice. In my electronic music class, my teacher encouraged us to spend countless hours in the studio to edit our music and to record lots of things for the practice. He believed, over time, by putting out lots of work, one day it would actually be good. The actual process consists of cranking out BAD work with the assumption that slowly but surely technique will refine into something MASTERFUL, yet CREATIVE. This also goes for any other skill. Luck and talent will not be able to carry you to stardom.
Have you heard of the 10,000-hour rule? A master is not only born but nurtured after putting in these hours of rigorous practice and dedication to his or her craft. This relates to consistency in building a new skill. Perfection only comes along with long-term practice and the consistent development of technique. Inspiration, motivation, talent, etc. can only go so far. If you commit to just half the number of hours listed, you are well on your way.
I read an article by Jeff Goins explaining his daily writing process. He writes new pieces every day and follows a bucket system to consistently crank out quality content. This system is only defined by the repetition of writing new content. And this can apply to non-writers and skills other than writing as well.
- The budding entrepreneur who wants to be an expert in their product’s/service’s new market.
- The young professional looking to amp up their skills at work.
- Artists who depend on creativity to fuel their work.
- Anyone who wants to be good at something…like for real.
How to master a new skill…
- Find a daily routine to practice, be that writing for 30 minutes; dancing for an hour, or working out mathematical equations to increase your mental speed.
- Set short-term goals to allow for stress-less progress tracking. Small goals are easy to accomplish quickly and build your momentum in the long run.
- Find your tribe and leverage their knowledge to help you grow. If you are interested in becoming a best-seller writer, join an authors group to network.
- Identify one passion, and focus on that one thing. It is very difficult to be truly skilled at many things; some would argue impossible. Build up a specific skill that you can dedicate exclusive attention.
I am currently employing these tactics to my blog writing. I have never been confident in my writing style but I knew that my grammar was decent enough to make it by. However, I wanted to invest in my writing skills in order to bring great content to you all. So, I started researching systems, tips, and schedules to work on my writing. I see the progress and notice my increases in just first drafts. That alone has spilled over into my work life, as I write copy for different adverts.
Think of a skill you’ve always wanted to build that would apply to work as well. Plan out your daily routine and start working towards it now! You will be surprised at what just a week of consistent work could do for you.
Here’s another read for anyone looking to find their “flow” with creativity while staying consistent in practicing their craft.