I know many people have been using this time of isolation and distancing to try to work on developing a new skill. Some people have been successful, some people have not. If you have not, that is ok! So much is going on in the world you may not have all the elements to work on a new skill right now. That is ok! So what do we need to have in life to develop a skill?
First, we must have MOTIVATION! We must desire to learn. Motivated students progress to a higher level of expertise than unmotivated learners because they want to know!
Once we have the motivation, we have the desire to learn, we next need to do the LEARNING! We use different methods to acquire the knowledge necessary to develop the skill.
Once we learn the basic of the skill, we should experience AWKWARDNESS the first time we try to use the new skill. This is good thing! While we may have the knowledge, we now must develop the skill through practice.
After the initial attempt, we will gain skill and confidence with each use of the skill, but will have CONSCIOUS AWARENESS of our learning and practice.
After practicing the skill and gaining confidence in our ability to use the skill, it will become an AUTOMATIC RESPONSE. This allows us to perform the skill with little forethought or discomfort (much how we can drive home and not remember how we got there!).
Finally, we become PROFICIENT. We become very comfortable in our knowledge and execution of the skill and are able to adapt the skill as needed to various situations.
So if you have learned a new skill while self-isolating, good for you. If you have not learned a new skill, good for you! We do what we need to do to make our lives whole. We are never all at the same point in our lives and ready to progress at the same rate. We are unique. We do the best we can. We are great just for being ourselves!
Now, to work on some new dance skills for myself this week!