I wish I could retain
By some Herculean feat,
As much of what I read
As I do of what I eat.
Robert Henru’s recent post reminded me of the above lines. Robert wrote how he temporarily got discouraged about blogging because all the great advice he’s been reading and writing about didn’t help when it came to dealing with real-life problems. What a great lesson to learn. Reading isn’t enough…even the best suggestions have to be assimilated into your life before they’re going to be much use.
Do you believe the boy in the picture could really learn to ride his bicycle by just reading and talking about how to ride a bike? Skill development takes time and patience. And we may need to start with small steps and find our equivalent of training wheels. We also can’t afford to beat ourselves up if we don’t master the skill immediately. The most important part of the process is making a commitment to learn, no matter how long it takes. When we’re resolved to do that, we’re open to information that will help. And we’ll take the time to integrate that information by practicing, practicing, practicing.
As I mentioned in One Size Doesn’t Fit All, what works for me, whatever I happen to be learning, is to forget about future goals and instead get curious and enjoy the process of mastering a new skill. I find that approach to be powerful because I don’t have to push myself to learn and practice…instead I’m so engrossed it’s hard to tear myself away. That works for me but your motivational strategy might be different. Please share it in the comments section.