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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Learning New Niches, Skills, and Languages Effectively

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This is a guest post by Jessica Freeman. She is a professional journalist and a devoted freelance content writer from Australia. She enjoys writing about education, business, productivity, and academic innovations. Meet her on Facebook and Google+.


Many of our goals are blocked by a lack of knowledge, skills, and adaptability. Learning new skills and information can seem difficult. We’re afraid to start, pursue, and eventually reach our target.

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably encountering difficulties in your personal life or your professional career. You want to be able to learn new things, niches, or maybe even languages; you don’t want to spend one year learning a skill, so you must figure out some ways to learn everything faster.

No worries; you’re not the only one facing this problem. We’ve prepared a comprehensive guide that will give you plenty of solutions to your problem. All you have to do is commit to taking consistent action while following our tips.

Our Need to Adapt in The Current Marketplace

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Maybe you’re a college student looking to build a bright future, or you’re a business professional looking for guidelines. You might also be an employee who wants to learn new skills and change your life forever. Either way, if you want to be successful, you must constantly develop your mindset, skills, and knowledge in specific domains of activity.

Every person has to be able to adapt to the current marketplace. For example, Samsung has adapted to the marketplace of each and every country and culture in which they operate. Observing the increased demand for sparkling water in the US, Samsung has created a refrigerator product that dispenses carbonated water. They’ve made millions out of it, and the whole niche was new to them.

3 Most Difficult Challenges You’ll Face When Learning Something New

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In my research, I’ve found 3 common barriers to learning something new. Let’s analyze them quickly, and prepare for the obstacles that may show up along the way.

1. Not Being Truly Connected to Your Goals

Have you ever felt driven and hungry to accomplish something during your life? Most of us have experienced this feeling, and it’s one of the most beneficial emotions that can boost our productivity levels and results. Whenever you want to learn something new, using only your rational instincts is not enough.

There are certain aspects that could prevent you from being truly connected with your targets:

a) Not knowing what exactly it is that you want to learn new

Have you clearly established what you’re about to learn next? Have you chosen the field of activity and the main niche that you want to tackle?

b) Not visualizing your goal as being already accomplished

Our subconscious mind cannot differentiate the things that are actually real from those that could be illusions. Our subconscious minds only let us know what beliefs we have concerning different things. If we manage to “trick” the mind into believing that we’ve already accomplished our goals, we will benefit later.

Start visualizing yourself sitting in a relaxing place, having everything accomplished. How do you feel? What do you see? How’s the smell, the feeling, the thought? Try connecting with your goals. The moment you feel connected, you’ll see improvements in your learning performance.

c) Not knowing why exactly you want to learn that specific niche/skill/language

“It would be nice to learn X thing” is not enough. Before starting to learn something new, always consider the reasons. Ask yourself why would you like to do such a thing. Is it going to make you happy? Will it give you a confidence boost? Is it necessary? Decide the reasons and always have them in your mind when you encounter struggle along the way.

2. Giving Up Too Quickly

Did you know that so many people are just one inch away from what they want, but fail to obtain it because they give up exactly in that moment? Well, it’s sad but true. Giving up too quickly is one of the main reasons that people fail to reach their goals and progress in learning new things.

Here’s something to keep in mind. With the risk of sounding like a cliche, never give up! Follow this “life rule” every time you face new issues and setbacks. Whenever you start to learn about a new niche, you’re going to have to be patient, give a little extra effort each day, and commit consistently.

It might be tempting to leave everything and start doing something else because it’s “too tiring” or “too complicated”. Keep trying. Whatever you do, never give up on your plans and goals.

3. Having an Unprepared Mindset and False Beliefs

Your mindset is everything. If, for example, you believe that work means pain, you’ll never enjoy your work hours. If instead, you see it as a passion, everything’s going to get easier and more enjoyable. Our mindsets and false beliefs establish our limits. We can’t perceive more than our limits allow us to perceive, and that’s often a big issue.

If you can identify your false beliefs and become aware of the limitations that they cause, you can influence the way you perceive the world around you, and you’ll be able to unleash your full potential. That’s extremely important if you want to master new niches and aptitudes.

Here are the three most common false beliefs that may be keeping you stuck. After you become aware of them, you must take action and change each and every one of them.

a) “You must be an expert in the niche, otherwise it’s not worth it”

This belief has stopped many people from reaching their full potential. They get sabotaged by the thought that “I’m not going to be an expert, so why do it?” This is a disempowering thought that comes from a false belief. You don’t have to be the best in order to master a new niche or skill!

b) “I will always fail”

Remember: failure is temporary. Consider this famous example: Thomas Edison, the great inventor, failed over 1,000 times before managing to put the pieces together and create his revolutionary light bulb. Human history changed due to a single person who perceived failure as temporary.

c) “If I fail, it means I’m a loser and am not successful”

Beware: failure is not the opposite of success. The way successful people see it, failure is feedback that comes as a result of the actions you take. It’s only temporary. If you start perceiving failure this way, you’ll have a lot to gain.


7 Powerful Insights on How to Successfully Learn a New Niche or Skill

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Now that we have gone through the mental preparation techniques, we can proceed to the actual tips and strategies that will improve your efforts when learning something new:

1. Establish What You Want to Learn

The first thing you have to think about is: “What do I want to learn?” The answer can come with the help of some research, or simply within your own wishes. The next important aspect is: why? Why do you want to master that new niche, learn that new language, or perform that new skill? Establish that and proceed.

Your end goal must be measurable, concrete, and fixed. Establish the sign that will let you know that you have accomplished it, the ways in which you’ll do it, and the timeframe in which you’ll be done with it.

Extra tip: Focus only on one skill. If you go for more at once, you’ll lose focus and efficiency. Try to keep it to a maximum of two!

2. Split Your End Goal into More Pieces

Every major accomplishment, skill, or niche can be segmented into more pieces. For example, if you want to tackle the “health niche”, you’ll have to decide which sub-niche you’ll target; it could be acne, losing belly fat, how to shape your legs, and so on. It’s the same with learning new skills.

If you’re planning to learn a coding language, for example, you’ll have to choose which one you’ll approach, find the most important factors that you need in order to begin the process, and note them down. Like I said, split everything you want to do in as many concrete sub-goals and go for them separately until you reach the final destination.

You should also try to focus on the most important sub-goals and leave the rest for later. Follow the 80/20 Pareto Principle and focus on the 20% percent of things that cause 80% of the results.

3. Eliminate Distractions

The first and most important thing you have to do when planning to eliminate your biggest distractions: choose the proper work environment. Let’s suppose that you are planning to learn Chinese and you’ve chosen your home as your working space. The dog barking will distract you, so make sure that you create a proper working environment before you start your learning activities.

One more thing: take a piece of paper and identify and become aware of your biggest distractions. Once you realize what you’re dealing with, you can start planning progressive steps towards eliminating those distractions.

4. Take Breaks Whenever You Feel Overwhelmed

I want to make it clear right from the start: overwhelmed doesn’t mean tired. The feeling of overwhelm comes when everything’s a mess in your activity or whenever you’re overloaded with information. Learning a new skill or getting into a brand new niche of activity is often overwhelming.

The moment you feel overwhelmed, take a break. Totally disconnect from what you’re doing for a certain amount of time.

It could be an hour, a day, a week, or even a month. It all depends on your recovery; you see, the moment you leave things as they are and you stop thinking about your overwhelming setbacks, your brain will chunk the problems and solve them on its own in time. Even if you haven’t fixed your issues by the time you come back, you’ll still feel more empowered to continue your personal development.

5. Build Pre-Commitment

This is a powerful strategy that will improve your chances of accomplishing your longterm goal. Whenever you start something new, you will encounter “early resistance”. It happens when your biggest demons tell you to give up and stay in your comfort zone.

By pre-committing, you are preparing for the worst physical and mental challenges that are about to arrive. By now, you must have spotted some common sabotaging thoughts that come to mind whenever you deal with harder things. Identify those thoughts and be ready to face them.

A good way of staying committed to your learning is to give yourself two choices:

a) Practice until you are satisfied with your skill level.

b) Practice 30 hours of full-focused learning and practicing.

Choose one, and stick to it.

6. Join a Professional Niche Community

Combining forces with other like-minded individuals is always a productive decision. Depending on your niche, start looking for community forums that may be helpful to your learning process. It could be online forums, local groups, or social media groups; it doesn’t matter as long as you’re placing yourself in a productive environment.

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7. TAKE ACTION

Let’s not forget about taking action. Without proper action, you can prepare and plan as much as you want and still accomplish nothing. Every learning system, every strategy, and every plan requires action in order to be efficient and provide the expected the results.

Forget everything you’ve read until now, and listen to this one tip: if you manage to take consistent action without giving up, you will succeed. It doesn’t matter what you want to learn and master; the moment you understand that repetitive practice is the key to success is the moment you’ll achieve whatever you want.

This article is supposed to prepare you. It’s your own duty to take what you learn here and apply it immediately. You can have all the plans and mental preparations in the world, and you’ll still get zero results if you’re not taking action towards accomplishing your goal.

Conclusion

During your life, you’ll always come across situations in which you’ll be forced to learn something new. In other cases, you’ll want to get that new skills and knowledge. Follow the format of our article and begin by preparing yourself for the challenges that you’re about to face.

Afterward, become aware of your biggest limitations and false beliefs. Once you’re aware of them, change becomes easier.

Once you’re done with the mental preparations, start taking action! Follow the 7 tips explained earlier and proceed with learning the niche or the skills you want to master. Good luck, and don’t forget that successful people never give up!


This is a guest post by Jessica Freeman. She is a professional journalist and a devoted freelance content writer from Australia. She enjoys writing about education, business, productivity, and academic innovations. Meet her on Facebook and Google+.

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