While there are many ways to master your craft, there are three methods that are common to all successful people.
They Take Risks – Those who master anything understand that life is like riding a bicycle. Most people can get on a bike and ride. However, the stunts you have to perform to compete in the X Games would be too risky for the majority of people. Every stunt has the possibility of injury. Yet, the competitors in the X Games make it look simple and elegant. The winner is usually the person who successfully completes the most difficult moves.
In life, if you stay on the same path as everyone else and you avoid obstacles, you will never become noticed as an outstanding performer. However, if you measure the risks, constantly develop yourself and push a little further, you will learn new skills and competencies. In time, you will be seen as the person who can perform tasks that others avoid. As you get better, you slowly reduce the risks. And it becomes easier to raise the stakes on your goals and objectives.
They Practice – To raise the stakes requires elevated levels of confidence. Increased confidence comes from practice. The cyclist who has the patience to perform the same difficult stunt over and over eventually masters it. Repetition may appear to be a way to make an action automatic. From another perspective, it may be the best way to eliminate bad habits. By practicing what you want to accomplish over and over, it eventually becomes a part of who you are. As a result, you create a character and ability that resembles your objective.
They Develop a Winning State of Mind – State of mind may be most difficult. In fact, it has to come before risk taking and practice. And it too has to be practiced. In addition, it is risky to step out of your normal state of mind. Developing a new way of thinking can be confusing at first. This may be the major deterrent for those attempting new and greater accomplishments. As you develop clearer mental images and thought processes, the goal becomes easier. Those images and thoughts are what shape your actions. If fear is in your state of mind, you may lack the confidence to take appropriate actions.
To enhance your state of mind, it is wise to surround yourself with successful people. It is a form of mental practice that keeps the mind focused on the goal. As you practice conversations with other successful people, you receive positive feedback or questions that help you view the situation from another perspective. Developing new perspectives will help you take mental risks. It also helps uncover blind spots. Furthermore, there may be people who have already accomplished what you would like to pursue and can help you avoid the pitfalls.
Those who say success is a matter of luck, family name or genetics have not taken the time to understand what successful people do in their private time. While others are sleeping or partying, the most successful are developing their mind and practicing their craft. That in itself helps them reduce the risk.
How will you develop yourself today?