We all have the potential for excellence within us. When we focus on our interests and unique skills and then develop them, it’s possible to achieve our goals and live a more fulfilling life. 

However, many people think that building their skills and meeting high goals are impossible to do. But this simply isn’t true. What is true is that we need guidance and knowledge to learn better and make use of our abilities in the best way possible.

No matter what you want to do, whether it’s starting a business, fixing a social ill, or learning a new language, it comes down to using your mind effectively and practicing. 

In this post, we’ll focus on how you can practice your skills better and grow your knowledge and abilities. When you know how to think and how to apply yourself, you’ll become more effective and learn faster. 

Develop a growth mindset

Did you know that our personalities and abilities are not permanent? Our brains have the ability to change; this aspect of the brain is called neuroplasticity which means that our personalities, skills, beliefs, and more can be transformed with effort and time. 

So, a first step is to recognize that you can change. And that your mindset and personality are not fixed but flexible. You can grow to become more of what you want to be. 

Change what you’re doing

What if you’re someone with vast experience and tremendous knowledge, both academic and experiential? 

How can you grow when you’ve already reached a peak in your career or hobby? The answer is to deliberately find new ways to challenge yourself. This can mean learning something altogether new or supplementing your current skillset with something related to your work. 

Do some research to see what’s new in your field. You can develop new skills by doing online courses and reading books. 

Listening to podcasts is also a powerful way to develop new knowledge. It’s a platform that many professionals and hobbyists use to share new insights and trends. 

Embrace Discomfort

When it comes down to it, the ability to do something extraordinary is possible only when you can withstand discomfort

If you’re thinking of building new skills, becoming healthier, or changing yourself in any way, be open to feeling uncomfortable. When you are ready to push through discomfort with repeated practice, you’ll reach new levels of confidence and will boost your skills too. 

Get feedback

It isn’t enough to practice the same thing over and over again and expect extraordinary results. You could if you were a complete novice at something like riding a bike or coding, but eventually, you get to a place where you just don’t grow anymore. 

At this point, you need to get feedback from an expert or anyone who can offer some outside perspective. Reach out to a mentor in your university or workplace. If you’re a business owner or a leader at your work, then ask your customers for their input. With a simple feedback form, you’ll get insights that will make you better at your work.

Practice with intention

Whenever you’ve reached a point in your work where it starts to feel routine, chances are that you are doing things ‘mindlessly’. At this stage of learning, you aren’t going to get any better unless you do something different.

Use the previous points already mentioned in this post. And most importantly, practice with intention and deliberateness. 

When you’re doing a daily jog, be aware of your surroundings instead of tuning out to the sound of music. When you’re sending an email for a job or to get a customer, think about what you’re saying and tweak what you’re doing. Or if you’re painting a picture, be more present and find ways to improve your practice. 

A key practice that leads to accomplishing extraordinary things is the deliberate practice itself. 


Human beings have the potential for change and growth that is usually untapped. You can build your skills, learn new things, and even become a new person if you’re willing to put in the work for a long enough time. 

Use the tips given here to improve how you do things in life. You’ll grow towards your highest potential and find happiness too.