“What’s the one thing that I can think of to do today, such that by doing it makes everything else easier or unnecessary?”
This culmination of Concepts bubbled into my head while practicing Street Fighter V. I strongly want to improve my skill at SFV, but along the way I’ve, hit a few walls. One of the issues I come across is the sheer volume of things that I can improve on, and as a result, I either try to learn too many things at once or nothing at all. This leads me to do what I know I already know and not making much progress in the process. What I want to start doing is, focusing on a single thought process for any period of time. Multi-tasking (Doing any two non-related things) has been statistically proven to be less productive than doing one thing at any given time. And yet I still multitask more often than not.
I aim to fill every day with improvement in all areas of my life. That said I often think about one area of my life while working in another area of my life. Rather than having my mind and body be working in tandem I have two (if not more) separate thoughts fighting for my attention. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but multi-tasking occurs more often than I’d like. There is a truth behind the saying “Jack of All Trades Master of None”, instead of having a deep understanding of every individual lesson I come across, I have a general understanding of a broad range of concepts.
I don’t mind having a broad understanding of many things, but there are a few select things I want to be excellent at.In order to be the best, it takes focused practice on a few things. In martial arts, you start with a very basic Foundation, and everything else you do builds upon that Foundation. It starts with punches kicks, movements, etc. and each is learned and practiced individually, not together. If you follow sports, I’m sure you’ll see the same thing during practice time. During my training in football, my coaches had us do practices that isolated individual skills. Over time the practices became more complex focusing on combining a few of the skill we had learned.
Learning how to improve at something on your own is hard but it is possible. It takes breaking down what you want to learn to it’s smallest components and practicing them in isolation. This can be done in a variety of ways, and I encourage experimentation. Often times we are excited by all the “cool” or “advanced” techniques we can do. We often fail to realize that learning the basics is like building the foundation of a structure. If we fail to focus on the foundation everything else risks caving in during times of extreme pressure.
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