When I think of someone practicing, I think of a golfer going to the driving range, or in musician dedicating time to practice with their chosen instrument. But what if you want to work on your human relations and communications skills, or develop some personal habits to live a healthier lifestyle? How do you practice those skills?
Suppose I told you that you could practice skills like these during the course of your day, without setting aside a specific time to do so. Interested? Read on.
Every day we have untold opportunity’s to practice a behavior or develop a habit, simply by actively seeking out opportunity’s to do so. For example:
- Do you have a co-worker you struggle to communicate with? See every interaction with that person as a practice session to try a new techniques or method and improve your communication skills.
- Are you trying to overcome shyness? Look for opportunities to practice overcoming shyness by starting up a conversation with a new person each day, or simply up start by saying “hello” to someone new.
- What if you’re trying to lose weight or eat healthier? Look at each meal, snack, or craving as an opportunity to practice a healthy alternative.
What personal skills that you’re trying to develop would benefit from more practice? Have you identified it? Good! How look for opportunities in your everyday routine to practice those skills. However, if you really want to speed up your progress, seek out multiple opportunities every day.
Once you start looking, you’ll find numerous opportunities to practice the habits and behaviors you want to improve. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself more competent and growing ever-closer to becoming the person you strive to be.