When you want to try something new but don’t have the skills, knowledge or information on how to do it, what do you do? Do you research it endlessly? Do you ask everyone that you think may know about it? Do you keep putting it off hoping that you’ll find the “magic bullet” on how to do it?
All of those are what I call action fakes. They all take your time and make you appear busy but in the end you do nothing and nothing gets done. You’re like a hamster on a wheel spinning fast but going absolutely nowhere.
So what should you do? The Thing. It. The exact thing you are trying to learn about, make or do is what you should be spending your time on.
Want to learn to play the guitar? Pick up a damn guitar and start. Want to learn how to swim? Get in the pool. How to ride a bike? Hop on and hang on! Write a book? Grab a notepad and put words on the paper. You have to start somewhere. That somewhere is exactly where you are, right now. Today.
How to get experience in 30 minutes a day.
All too often, people get frustrated and discouraged when starting something new because their level of proficiency is not where they want it to be. But instead of just starting and gaining experience you will just think about it. Research it. Studying about it – but NOT DOING IT! It’s the one thing you have to do.
Let’s use learning the guitar as an example. If you have never played before, starting will seem overwhelming. You’ll get frustrated because you aren’t smooth or know the chords. But that is not important. What is important is starting. SO JUST START!
Spend 30 minutes a day learning how to play. I mean only focus and concentrate on playing for 30 minutes everyday. Learn how to position your fingers. Learn one chord. Then learn another. Then combine them. Soon it will be easy for you. Not in the beginning but sooner than you think.
If you really want to learn how to play then spending 30 minutes will be easy and feel like not enough time. You’ll want to spend more than that because you will have created the secret ingredient: momentum. It’s easier to keep going than it is to start.
With momentum on your side your learning curve will accelerate. It will get easier because you have started and have continued to do it, consistently. Not starting and stopping. Not for one weekend. Everyday momentum. So what is the result?
If you spent just 30 minutes a day practicing playing guitar for a year that is the equivalent of 182.5 hours of practice. How good are you going to get by practicing something for 182 hours? Pretty damn good. And chances are you will spend even more time than that because of the momentum you’ll create from practicing everyday.
Now apply that same principle to something else you want to learn how to do: writing, coding, woodworking, calligraphy, painting, speaking, exercising, etc. Whatever it is you want to learn how to do.
The formula is simple: Start. Build that momentum. Don’t stop. Repeat.