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What Are The Mastery Practices?


Powerful Mental Techniques to Learn Skills — Faster


These are the mental methods allowing you to more quickly reach skill masteryEach is worth learning separately. Together, reduce time wasted and money lost in the practice phase of the skill building process. 

There are five mastery practices:

  • Reflection, 
  • Visualization, 
  • Meditation, 
  • Self-Talk. 
  • Mindfulness

What Are the Mastery Practices?

It has long been known that mental practice will enhance the ability to perform physically (Bray 1948). Mental rehearsal has long been used in sports psychology. This is the case for motor skills and is likely to be true with pure mental skills such as listening. In combination, they offer a valuable set of options to enhance skills in general. 

These are the mental methods allowing you to more quickly reach skill mastery when learning other application skills. Each of them are useful in the applications beside skill development. The five practices are:

Meditation

The importance of meditation as a Mastery Practice cannot be overestimated. It is one of the best tools we know to be able to change the internal "software" running in the mind. It is relatively easy to learn -- most induction practices take around 30 minutes -- but people spend an entire lifetime mastering how to use this special state of mind.

Reflection

It's been the observation of many, that people don't learn anything – well not very much — from experience. Those who master reflection won't make the same mistake twice, and you can even learn from other people's mistakes. It serves as a tool for insight on what to do or change.

Self-Talk

If you ask the average person if they talk to themselves, they would probably respond with, "Are you nuts?" But here's the thing. Your self-talk serves as the basis for your mental programming. Your positive or negative sets the stage for how you going to act in the future and in the present. Controlling thought serves as the foundation for all great success.

Visualization

The great entrepreneurs, inventors, and artists will tell you that all great works start first in one's imagination. It's one of the major practical tools needed to master skills. If you can't visualize what you want, it's unlikely that you will get it. Mental imagery is a mental muscle waiting to be exercised.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness as a developmental process has been around for at least 2500 years. It has long been an integral part of Buddhist practices, practices that are now appearing more often in the West (Jayaram, 2008). In fact, Western psychology has taken a great deal of interest in mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention to deal with problems such as stress (Kabat-Zinn, 2007).

References

Bray, C. W. (1948). Psychology and Military Proficiency. Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ.

Kabat-Zinn, John (2007). Mindfulness Stress Reduction And Healing. Google Tech Lecture, March 8.

Jayaram V, (2008). Right Mindfulness, Hindu Web Site

Why Learn The Mastery Practices?

It Works. Mental rehearsal has long be a used in sports psychology. 

It's The Only Way To Build Mental Skills. This is the case for motor skills and is likely to be true with pure mental skills such as listening.  

It Reduces Practice Time. Mastery Practices take you from novice to mastery in less time — they function like catalysts.

It Compliments Physical Practice. The brain does not distinguish between mental and physical practice. 

Separately, these are useful. Together, they're down right powerful.

Who Can Benefit




Athletes

You can't be world class unless you know — really know — how to use the mind to practice. It's as simple, and as complex, as that. 

Students

Most university degrees are way too much theory and not enough practice. Learning skills are better done with coaching outside the classroom.


Coaches

General coaching skills are valuable. They can be even more valuable if one knows how to use the mastery practices.

Managers

You have to learn what the competition (other managers) don't know to stand out. 

Hi Potentials

The best companies identify their high potentials. And one-way to get on that list is to keep learning. It makes you adaptable and more promotable.

Executives

Sure, in an 80-hour work week there is not much time available. But that doesn't mean one should give up on learning something new.

How To Learn The Mastery Practices: Upcoming Online Classes

    • 25-Jan-2021
    • (UTC-08:00)
    • A 4-Module On-Line Program. Available as a four-week Full Class with Instructor (Level I: Learning Expertise) OR as a eight-week Dual Track Full Class (Level II: Skill Learning)
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    You face a choice. You can do what the system wants or you can define a vision for yourself.” Murray Johannsen

    The mind is a image processor, using over 10 types of imagery. Yet, the educational system fails us; for it doesn't let us know about the untapped resourses waiting to be accessed.

    The program focuses on learning how to use mental imagery to construct a vision of the future and develop skills. It includes numerous practical techniques that when practiced and mastered result release the untapped resources lying latent within us all.

    STRIKE A MATCH – IGNITE YOUR IMAGINATION


    You learn about:

    Using imagery for a change

    Discover the ten types of images used by your mind our options to deploy imagery to make things happen —

    Reduce confusion and doubt by knowing how to construct compelling, well-defined goal imagery

    Practice and perfect process imagery to learn new skills faster.

    Level 1 Learning: Choose The Path of Knowledge and Understanding

    For those who want to know, to understand, to satisfy your curiosity. Of an online class with fellow students and an instructor

    Level 2 Learning: Build Skills With Coaching on the Dual Track

    Practice makes perfect. You have more time to hone and sharpen your technique. Plus, you get face time every week to get feedback and suggestions.


    Module 1: The Power of Symbols, Myths and Archetypes


    “When an idea is important, it will find its way into imagery.” — Joseph Campbell

    Your mind is a image processor. Yet, we have never been given a map to explore these assets lying dormant, untapped and unused. To get traction, one first needs to understand the lay of the land.

    Symbols have both a surface meaning and a hidden meaning. Some symbols, such as the archetypes are timeless — appearing across cultures and time. Many are dormant. Yet some have motivational force—strongly influencing your behavior — either positively or negatively.

    You learn how to defining a set of symbols. For example, you will explore the meaning of symbols such as The Magic Kingdom, the Treasure Hunt, and the Heroes Journey, the classic structure inherent in great movies and literature you see in a Harry Potter series, the Arabian Nights, the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. 

    • The Best Times to Use Imagery. Some times work better than others -- find out what they are.
    • Ten Types of Imagery you can use
    • Accessing Receptive Imagery. How to allow more unconscious content to surface.

    Module 2: How To Construct Compelling Goal Imagery

    If the unconscious doesn't know what you want, it can't help you get there.


    Its long known for years that visualization is a key factor in harnessing resources factors lying untapped with the mind.

    There is nothing wrong with the way classic goal setting is taught in the b-schools. It communicates on paper what the destination is. BUT it: lacks motivational force, and doesn't engage your unconscious in making it happen. 

    But like all tools, one has to know how to use it. For there are different types of goal imagery. Some is receptive--useful in both insight and creativity. Some is is programmed--a category helpful in skill development.

    • Constructing Proper Goal Images. If the unconscious doesn't know what you want, it can't help you get there. 

    Module 3: How to Practice and Perfect Process Imagery

    "Only perfect practice makes perfect." -- Murray Johannsen

    Image by: SD Dirk: High Jump Triton Invitational 2011

    Mental practice is as powerful as physical practice in building skills. Despite its importance, few understand how to use the mind to build skills. This directly results in a tremendous loss of corporate training dollars and a a huge indirect in terms of skills never developed and never perfected. Learn how to use mental imagery to more quickly develop skills and enhance the usefullness of training programs you attend.

    University researchers in this area have long known that high performers in sports use a combination of real and mental practice.  Both produce better results than either used alone. These high performers know what the rest of us don’t -- how to use guided image as a tool of mental practice. STILL, most of us don't know who to use imagery to improve application skills

    To really make it  you need to know about:

    • The Theater of the Mind. This is one powerful visualization method to see what comes next and to get it right.
    • Editing Your Movie. BeThere are a number of techniques 
    • Practicing Dissociated and Associated. Such a simple technique but one that really gets the job done.
    • Shifting From Director to Actor.

    Module 4: Techniques for Constructing Your Vision:


    Image by: Martin Basmajians

    In this session we will explore the nature of symbols in life, myth and the dream. They are actually related. Myths serves on one model for understanding what occurs with the unconscious. These themes are repeated across the generations and are often made into hugely commercially successful moves.


    One of the most import mythic themes is the Heroes Journey. And in almost all of these journeys, there appears an advisor who is wiser, who seems to know what to do when a situation is encountered that causes confusion. You might say that during meditation, you are like a hero, journeying into the the unconscious.


    Now comes the fun part — creating, changing and finessing your imagery on the Heroes Journey.






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