I had always put “dancing” as my new year resolution for the past 10 years but somehow, it was never achieved for a good 10 years … “No time lar” was the main reason (or I regard it as excuse) … Somehow, I was very fascinated about chinese cultural dance focusing on the dances that were from imperial palace … subconsciously, I knew this was what I wanted to do…

On November 2013 (2 months before year end), I decided that well, I got to “get on my “dancing dream” ” no matter what … But I encounter a problem, I googled high & low but there was no teacher available .. I even asked my girlfriend, who was an owner of Malaysia’s dance magazine but still could not find any teacher available …

However, with no teacher I manage to achieve my dream by self learning

The Journey to discover the skill of SELF LEARNING

What I did next is to experiment on a concept I learn from TED speaker to self learn any new skills within 20 hours … This is the step by step how I did it and I am sharing this with you because I hope that you can achieve what you dream of in year 2014

Anything is possible … I used my dancing resolution as an “excuse” to develop my self learning skills …
There are 4 main steps
Step #1: (data gathering) I Google ??? and there are many videos , some in youtube and some in youku (china version of youtube) … Review 5 videos and choose which one you want to use as reference … Tips: I was overwhelmed at the variety of videos available, so, tips here is to sort out the videos based on most view and just look at the top 5 most viewed videos …

 

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Step #2: (deconstruction of the components) After you picked the ONE video you want to use as your “learning” reference material … Deconstruct it … My video was 3:30 minutes, so I sliced the dance move into a tempo of 4 beats (it’s a music and dancing thing) … and I design a self learning schedule day by day committing my time during that day to learn different sections …

For example, 18 November 2013, my target was to learn from second 0 to second 36, so, I just focus on learning the first 36 seconds and practice for 2 hours … Here’s how my time management goes, I made a commitment to myself and followed it strictly for 10 days … note that most people check emails every 10 minutes, if you want to focus on achieving your dreams, well, email and smart phone will need to be put aside for the next 10 days

9 – 11 am : work (focus on learning & thinking type of work)
11 – 11:30am : answer emails
11:30 am – 1:30pm: dance practice (no interruption time, fully focus)
1:30pm – 2:30 pm: lunchself learn 1
2:30 – 3:30pm: work (focus on action based type of work)
3:30 – 5:30pm: afternoon nap
5:30 – 6:00pm: answer emails
6:00pm onwards: taking care of kids & family

Step #3: (management & implementation) Start to Practice and Track dream progress using Google Sites … The way to make sure I Stick to the schedule is to create my own Google Site (it’s FREE) you can set this high intensity learning for 10 – 20 days depending on your own schedule … Let me share with you what I have carved out for year 2014, I have committed to learn 1 new dance every month … haha ! and I use the FREE Google Site to keep me focus … Repeat and Practice is the key, there’s no short cut … You’ll find that it’s frustrating at first to get through the first 5 days (because your habit & action need to change) but just hang on there and stick to your learning plan … If this is the dream that you really want to achieve, your inner passion will help you through the toughest frustration period …

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Step #4: (re-inforce your commitment) Share your progress … After you’ve committed to something, it’s best to share with friends … When you share something with other people, you tend to subconsciously be committed to deliver … My friends have mixed reactions because not all of them are fans of “dancing” … Nevermind , just share your progress out …

As for how much does my dream cost ? Well, I try to break them down …

Time Cost: 20 hours ( 2 hours per day)
Costume Cost: RM 107.21 bought from www.Taobao.com
Online Tools used:
Youtube (for video reference): FREE
Google Site (for dream management & tracking): FREE

I am proud to share with you my dancing video because I used only 20 hours and less than RM 110 to achieve my dreams

 

Well, this is the summary of my own the Art of Self-Learning , I hope to inspire those of you that dreams does not necessarily be a BIG dream, it’s what you really want to do if you know that you are going to die tomorrow  … I use this extreme forceful mindset to help make most of my decisions throughout my day … What I decide might be the wrong thing or the right thing to do, but whatever I decide to do is a true reflection of my heart … 

One components that is critical is TIME and from the process of self learning, I have sort of mastered the skill of time management … It help me expand to be more productive and efficient at work … So, by stepping out to achieving your personal dream, you can at the same time in parallel achieve success in your career and business …

There’s Only 4 steps to pick up a new unfamiliar skills , this is not a major discovery, rather it’s following simple step by step … and put in commitment & time to mindfully progressing one mini-step a day …

  • Step #1: (data gathering) 
  • Step #2: (deconstruction of the components)
  • Step #3: (management & implementation)
  • Step #4: (re-inforce your commitment)

Happy Self Learning …

Happy Setting Resolution …

Happy New Year 2014 !!!

This was written and also appeared in http://foundermethod.com/2014-resolution/


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