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By Eric Barker
March 25, 2015
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Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree

It’s all about the way you practice the skills key to the task at hand. Research has shown that “Deep Practice” (or Deliberate Practice) is how experts train. Here is the four parts to focus on:

1) Make your practice as similar to the real life scenario as possible.

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2) Don’t be passive.

Testing yourself is far better than just reviewing.

Via Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success:

Testing yourself is the best way to learn — even if you fail the tests.

3) Practice is not just repetition.

Be ruthlessly critical and keep trying to improve on the constituent elements of the skill.

Via Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else:

Via The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How:

Via Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success:

A negative attitude, not a positive attitude, makes you more likely to learn from your mistakes. In fact, the shift to focusing on negative feedback is one of the marks of an expert mindset.

Ruthlessly critical in practice, blindly optimistic on game day. It’s irrational, but it works.

4) Practice a lot: 10,000 hours worth.

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And when the big day comes, make sure you know the methods to resist choking under pressure.

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