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Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More

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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Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More

Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More

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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. 

“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.”

“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.”

Learning vs. Practicing

Passive learning creates knowledge. Active practice creates skills.

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.

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.

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

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  • Identify the essential sub-skills needed to give you the maximum advantage.
  • Practice the most important part that you have discovered, using the 80:20 principle in your learning.
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Make realistic, specific goals

Language learning is best when broken down into manageable goals that are achievable over a few months.” -- Donavan Whyte

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Remind yourself why you are learning

“Motivation is usually the first thing to go, especially among students who are teaching themselves.” To keep the momentum going he suggests writing down 10 reasons you are learning a language and sticking it to the front of the file you are using.

Focus on substance

When signing up to a particular method or approach, think about the substance behind the style or technology. “Ultimately,” Aaron Ralby says, “the learning takes place inside you rather that outside, regardless of whether it’s a computer or book or a teacher in front of you.

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Listen

The more you expose yourself to the new language, the sooner you will become familiar with its sounds and structures. Familiarity, in turn, will speed understanding.

Copy

Repeating the sounds (out loud or in your head) will give you a feel for the language. Memorize not just words, but sentences and even songs to get the rhythm and intonation of the language. 

Read

Read words, sentences, children’s books, newspaper articles. Read as far and near as you can, whether out loud to an audience or quietly to yourself. 

Seeing the language in print helps you understand word structures. It also anchors the new sounds, and helps them get imprinted in your mind.

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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.

The Best Strategy
  • Go to a country that speaks the language.
  • Get a phrasebook and learn a few basic expressions.
  • Commit to only speaking in that language from Day One.
  • Use a ...
  • If You Can’t Travel to Learn

    Pick a friend who also wants to learn the language. Agree to talk in the target language at least once per day or whenever you do talk.

    The friend does not have to be a native speaker. Whenever you are stuck, use a dictionary or Google translate. But, 10% of your time should be speaking with an advanced or native speaker.

    You Can’t Find a Partner

    If you cannot find someone willing to commit to only speaking that language, hire a tutor.

    You can also opt for language exchange with people who want to learn your language.

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    Know your motivation

    If you don’t have a good reason to learn a language, you are less likely to stay motivated over the long-run.

    Once you’ve decided on a language, it’s crucial to commit.

    Find a partner

    Finding some kind of partner on your language adventure will push both of you to always try just a little bit harder and stay with it.

    It’s a really great way of actually going about it. You have someone with whom you can speak, and that’s the idea behind learning a new language.

    Talk to yourself

    When you have no one else to speak to, there’s nothing wrong with talking to yourself in a foreign language.

    This can keep new words and phrases fresh in your mind. It also helps build up your confidence for the next time you speak with someone.

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    Authentic Motivation

    Why we set our goals matters. If it is out of fear or social expectations, then they are not going to last.

    Authentic values are what helps achieve our goals, as there is a never-ending supply of willpower when we are doing what aligns with our innermost core.

    Use Positive Framing

    Resolving that you won't have any alcohol keeps the focus on the alcohol. Instead of focusing on what you don't want to do, focus on the positive aspect, like drinking more water.

    Use gratitude and other positive emotions to steer your mind out of any pitfalls.

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    Knowledge And Wisdom

    • Knowledge is the factual information, the awareness, and understanding of a subject. It is basically information about something that comes from learning facts.
    The Time Factor

    More time means that a person can attain more knowledge, but as knowledge is a passive acquisition of facts and data, having more knowledge does not mean having wisdom.

    Wisdom tends to be less affected by time, as it requires additional steps of applying judgement, drawing conclusions and adapting one’s behaviour accordingly.

    Application of Knowledge and Wisdom
    • Wisdom is related to knowledge, just as practice is related to theory. Wisdom is intrinsic whereas knowledge comes from external sources.
    • Application of wisdom requires more than facts and data, like speculations, feelings, moral and ethical values. Applying knowledge is a much simpler and more linear process.

    Example: Development of nuclear weapons requires knowledge, but during wartime, using nuclear weapons on a country requires wisdom.

    Defining "Success"

    “Success” isn’t just having lots of money. 

    Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.

    Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.

    Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.
    Putting "first things" first

    Start the day with your #1 priority.

    Getting up early isn’t enough. You need to put first things first. When you put your top priorities first, then you ensure they make it into the bucket of your day. After your main priorities have been completed, the rest will fill the gaps.

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