What you learn by doing

“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so you learn to love God and man by loving. Begin as a mere apprentice and the very power of love will lead you on to become a  master of the art.” Francis de Sales

On National Kindness Day, you can read many posts on the concept of kindness. Reading about kindness has an inspiration of its own. But actually being kind through action embeds an experience in yourself and others with a much longer lasting impact.

You can read any number of books or websites to learn strategies for improving your performance but the real learning comes when you actually do the work. And when you make a mistake–and you will–don’t get discouraged, keep going. A year from now, you likely won’t remember the mistake. And if a year from now you still remember the mistake, then you will have had a deep and life-changing experience which will help you develop humility and keep you teachable.

The best performers allow themselves to be coached. Asking for feedback and correction helps improve your skill. Self-awareness is good quality to develop. On the other hand, experiencing too much self-consciousness can be a stumbling block because of undue self-awareness. Clinical hypnosis can help improve performance by assisting a person in developing confidence and letting down their guard so they can do the work without inhibition.

Steven Pressfield offers a free five-audio lesson on the “artist’s inner battle,” based on his book The War of Art. Listen to it, but then take a risk and practice what your “wild and precious life” is calling you to do.

When Mr. Pressfield was asked about linking to his website on this post, he wrote back, stating: “Please link all you want. We are all in the trenches together. Keep up the great work!”

We learn how to be generous by being generous.