The 'Perfect' Training Program

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The 'Perfect' Training Program (?)

There often seems to be one particular barrier to most students achieving what they want: The search for the 'Perfect' training program.

There's a belief that if they can find that elusive program, all will be well, and they'll be able to achieve the dizzy heights of success they dream of. Far too many students don't put their heart into it because it fails to meet that criteria - blaming the program for spelling mistakes, or some less interesting elements, or not quite enough depth in a certain area, or too much depth in another.

And therein lies the most fundamental flaw: the perfect training program doesn't exist! ...and many students will use this as the constant excuse for why they didn't achieve what they wanted. And it's all based on a lie started and propagated in our early years.

We're taught that there must always be a 'best' or 'right' way of doing something; and as we're drilled at school and by our parents on the 'proper' way of doing things, and we're told off for getting things wrong or being 'bad', our belief systems are trained to always look for the ultimate 'right' or correct way of doing things.

There's no bad intent here - it's just the way a child's mind interprets the world. But it gets into our very core and becomes the basis of a viewpoint that will, unchecked, become a major barrier to success later in life. Because it denies the essence of how learning actually works: by building in stages and adding personal experience and wisdom into the mix to direct each stage.

Learning starts with the understanding that it's an ongoing process - a journey, in fact - not a final destination. Initial training and study to get certified in any area is just that - it provides the building blocks necessary to get you to the point where you can start truly learning.

Take 2 examples: Martial arts & learning to drive a car. In martial arts, as any experienced practitioner will tell you, it's not until you've practiced and reached a higher grade - typically around black belt, that you start to truly understand the finer points and what it's all about. You've learned the movement, now it's time to use your deeper understanding of that movement to take it to the next level. In driving - you don't start your real learning until you've passed the basic test. We all know how green and unaware we are when we've first passed our test. Why is it that insurance premiums are the highest for young people who've just passed? Because although they understand how to push the pedals, change gears and wiggle a steering wheel, they aren't properly road-aware yet. Only practice and experience will endow that knowledge.

The first stages of learning are always about the 'mechanics' - the basic 'how to'. The second and deeper stage of learning is getting past the mechanics to what it's all about - the deeper understanding. (You could say the final level is understanding that you'll never be finished, that there's always more to be learned, perfected and practiced. Often there is a final return to the basics with a fresh understanding of what they actually mean.)

To many students, the act of purchasing and starting on some type of training program is the extent of their effort. They seem to think that by paying for something, there will be an automatic transfer of knowledge. Obviously, this isn't so - it's only through study, repetition and determination, and then continual action and persistence that the fruits of their labour will be achieved.

Don't let the search for the 'Perfect' training program rob you of your dreams. I promise you, you won't find it. Instead, find the best that you can, and then GET ON WITH IT! Only action will get you where you want to be. Thinking about it is all very well and good, but it doesn't produce the goods. You have to get off your bottom and actually DO something.

DO - BE - HAVE: DO it... to BEcome what you want... to enable you to HAVE what you want.

Making excuses or blaming your training program for your own lack of determination or imagination is the quickest way to end up with nothing. When you find that your training program disappoints (and it always will at some point - that's life!) - remind yourself why you're doing it - and then set about obtaining that knowledge in a different way.

As long as you have a quality, structured program that covers the majority of the mechanics in a way that's interesting and informative for most of the time, then you have everything you need to find the extra parts. Do some research - the internet is full of knowledge - unfortunately, it's organised graffiti in most places - so be careful who you listen to and what you absorb.

Learn intelligently - think, research, analyse and put into practice, until your own experience grows to the point where you know what you need to find out. This is probably the first level of maturity in learning - knowing what you need to know. We start out not even knowing what we need to know, or even IF we need to know it! (Think about that for a second...)

But PLEASE... whatever you do, DO something. Don't just sit there searching for the best way to go about starting. The best way to start... is just to start. Then, as you progress, your understanding will increase and you'll be making your own 'informed' decisions on your direction, rather than just hoping for the best, or expecting something or someone external to do it for you.

Don't waste your life away and look back at the end, with your only bitter satisfaction being that you 'tried really hard to find the right direction - but you just couldn't find the best way to go about it.' Do you really want that to be your one and only testament to life?

Look at what's available, consider it, make a decision, and then GO FOR IT. Commit to action, life and your future.

Because without ACTION, nothing will ever change.

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