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Learning the Mastery Practices reduce time and effort it takes to go from novice to mastery — for these mental practices help perfect the physical.


 What Are the Mastery Practices?

It has long been known that mental practice will enhance the ability to perform physically (Schmidt and Lee, N.D). Mental rehearsal has long be a used in sports psychology (Bergland, 2014). This is the case for motor skills and is likely to be true with pure mental skills such as listening.

Each of them are useful in the applications beside skill development. In combination, they offer a valuable set of options to enhance skills in general. 

The Mastery Practices — Overview

These are the mental methods allowing you to more quickly reach skill mastery when learning other application skills. At a glance, the five practice to learn are:

Meditation

The importance of meditation as a Mastery Practice cannot be overestimated. It is one of the best tools we know to be able to change the internal “software” running in the mind. It is relatively easy to learn — most induction practices take around 30 minutes — but people spend an entire lifetime mastering how to use this special state of mind.

Reflection 

It’s been the observation of many, that people don’t learn anything – well not very much — from experience. Those who master reflection won’t make the same mistake twice, and you can even learn from other people’s mistakes. It serves as a tool for insight on what to do or change.

Self-Talk 

If you ask the average person if they talk to themselves, they would probably respond with, “Are you nuts?” But here’s the thing. Your self-talk serves as the basis for your mental programming. Your positive or negative sets the stage for how you going to act in the future and in the present. Controlling thought serves as the foundation for all great success.

Visualization 

The great entrepreneurs, inventors, and artists will tell you that all great works start first in one’s imagination. It’s one of the major practical tools needed to master skills. If you can’t visualize what you want, it’s unlikely that you will get it. Mental imagery is a mental muscle waiting to be exercised.

Mindfulness (As an Elective)

Mindfulness as a developmental process has been around for at least 2500 years. It has long been an integral part of Buddhist practices, practices that are now appearing more often in the West (Jayaram, 2008). In fact, Western psychology has taken a great deal of interest in mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention to deal with problems such as stress (Kabat-Zinn, 2007).

Reflection

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Reflection allows you to better learn from practice and experience.

MeditationMastery_Meditation_Girl_Out_of_CageMeditation has many benefits. One of the key ones is it ability to enhance the practice of visualization and self-talk.
VisualizationMastery_Practice_ImageryIf you can’t see it, can you do it? Wouldn’t it help to practice in the mind before you do so in the real world? Self-TalkMastery_Practices_Scribbling_Thoughts_into_the_Wind

You listen to a voice, all the time you are awake. That voice can help but also hurt your learning.

Mindfulness

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Attention is important. It one of the more subtle, most important processes associated with skill mastery.

The Mastery Practice of reflection in not a full class, but is incorporated into many classes and is offered as a Short Course.

Since the control of attention is so important in learning and unlearning, the practice of Mindfulness is included as an optional program. However, it is difficult to learn.

 

From the Library of Congress. Caption underneath the painting reads, “IGNORANCE IS THE CVRSE OF GOD, KNOWLEDGE IS THE WING WHEREWITH WE FLY TO HEAVEN.”

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