<p>I just saw this post: <a draggable=”false” href=”https://medium.com/an-idea-for-you/how-to-get-better-at-one-thing-in-one-month-694555ea1777″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>How To Get Better At One Thing In One Month: A formula that’s guaranteed to work.</a></p><p>And I was excited to see what it was all about.</p><p>This part at the beginning made me nod my head very hard: “Sometimes we focus so much on getting great at something that we miss the opportunity we have to get better.”</p><p>But then I kept reading, and I was like, hold up. This is just… overly complicated. There’s a way simpler “formula” for getting better at one thing in a month.</p><p>Here’s how it goes: <strong>Just do lots of that thing in a month.</strong></p><p>That’s it, dude. All it takes to get better at something is to do it lots, and the way to get yourself to do it lots is to commit to doing it lots. Which isn’t necessarily an easy thing to do, but it is simple.</p><p>Sure, you can spend some time figuring out how to define “better”. And sure, you can spend some time getting in touch with <em>why</em> you want to get better at it. But honestly? Enough <em>thinking</em> about it, and just start doing it. You can figure out the <em>whys</em> while you’re at it, or after you’ve done it.</p><p><strong>There’s something stuck in your brain, something you desperately – maybe secretly – want to get better at. The only thing you need to do is just show up. Stop <em>thinking about it</em> so much you never do it.</strong></p><p>Get ambitious and commit to doing or making that one thing every single day for a month. Or commit to doing or making it a few times a week for a month. Anything less than that isn’t really making a commitment to get better at it.</p>
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I’ve spent years making something every single day, and in doing that I’ve gotten better at making lots of different kinds of things, and way better at trying new things. Hell, I’ve even gotten better at getting better at things.
This month, I’m training for a 5K. How I’m doing it? By making sure I show up for the workouts. I could wax on for ages about why I’m doing this at this particular time in my life, and why I’ve gotten further into the training than I have any of the other times I’ve tried, but really it comes down to not thinking about it. I don’t need to justify myself, I don’t need to justify my methods, I don’t need to dig deep into what kept me from doing this all the other times I’ve tried. I just need to do it.
What’s nagging at you that you want to get better at? Will you show up for it?