I just finished a 2.5 month trip to Australia and SE Asia– my normal Winter “walkabout”. I find this is a great way each year to rejuvenate my mind. This trip gave me time to think about what I’d done in 2012 and what I want to do in 2013.
Mentally rejuvenated, I’m ready to tackle a lot of new learning. My goal remains the same– to continue improving my coaching/teaching/creative skills in order to do a better job of fulfilling my mission.
I have identified several new areas in which I want to improve. One is psychology– specifically the psychology of peak performance and happiness. I want to do a better job of helping people achieve the life of their dreams (and be happy)! So, next month I will attend ~ 3 week Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) training with Richard Bandler.
I have also identified storytelling as an area I need to improve. My teaching technique relies heavily on storytelling, and frankly, my skill is mediocre. So I am reading books about scriptwriting and storytelling. Most of all, I will be writing a big new project to use with my lessons. The best way to improve as a writer is to do a lot of it! (especially re-writes).
Finally, I have identified performance as a key area to improve. I not only write the lessons and stories, I perform them (on stage or on camera). I want to add more emotion (especially more emotional range) to my performances. I plan to take some voice acting classes first, and then maybe a stage acting class… in order to improve my ability.
With all of these skills, I know I’m likely to fail first– to be awful. Thats always the first step. The key to mastery is to just keep going.
With each year that passes, I become more and more convinced that PERSISTENCE is perhaps the most important secret to success in anything. Persistence plus Passion/Enjoyment really is the magic formula.
Just keep learning.