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Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More

Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More
We all have goals that we want to achieve in our lives. These goals may include learning a new language, eating healthier and losing weight, becoming a better parent, saving more money, and so on. It can be easy to assume that the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future is caused by a lack of knowledge.


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Knowledge And Results

New knowledge does not necessarily drive new results, especially if your goal is to make progress and not to simply gain additional knowledge.

The gap between where you are now and where you are in the future is not always caused by the lack of knowledge. 


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“When we practice something, we are involved in the deliberate repetition of a process with the intention of reaching a specific goal. The words deliberate and intention are key here because they define the difference between actively practicing something and passively learning it.”

Thomas Sterner, The Practicing Mind


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Learning vs. Practicing

Passive learning creates knowledge. Active practice creates skills.

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Passive Learning Supports Inaction

Some of us use learning as a way to avoid doing the actual work toward reaching our goals. In this case, it becomes a form of procrastination.

We claim in these situations that we are preparing or researching the best methods and practices to reach our goals.


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Practice Is Learning

... but learning is not practice. Unless you apply that knowledge and make a meaningful contribution with it, passive learning is not a form of practice. 

Making mistakes while practising is a great form of learning, because it helps you gain important insights.


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Practice And Focus

Practice focuses your energy on the process.

It is not the things we learn nor our dreams and aspirations that determine our results, but rather those habits that we practice each day. Focus your energy on the process, not the product.


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“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”


Taking responsibility

You have the power to close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.

You don’t win by sitting on the fence. You succeed by getting your hands dirty. There are no shortcuts to progress or mastery.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Whatever you dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

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Learning A New Language Fast

Though it may not seem plausible, basic communication of a new foreign language can be mastered in weeks. Learning a non-native language can be sped up by compiling a script for responding to quer...

Learning Full Speed

A will to start and self-confidence is necessary as is having the courage to speak, and not being afraid of making mistakes. The key is to immerse yourself and put your whole being to the task.

Total immersion necessitates activities like listening to the radio station of the language you are learning, reading and speaking to people.

Total Immersion

It is a good idea to master the basic skills first and focus on the grammar later, while asking for feedback and correcting yourself, learning on-the-fly.

Invest not only your head but your heart in the learning process. Practice makes perfect.

Directness in learning

Directness in learning

If you have a concrete objective (speaking a language, passing an exam), how you practice should match the intended use.

An extension of this idea is that learning broadly ...

Direct learning works for a particular goal

We tend to think of skills reasonably broadly, but our skills are very specific.

Direct learning minimizes the chance that we will focus on learning information unrelated to our actual goal.

Many goals in learning require transfer

The magical "intuition" for hard subjects we notice in people like Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman is owed to their extensive knowledge base they could draw from.

The broader and more varied the situations you need to perform in, the broader your knowledge base should be to help you think better.