One of the important components of attaining Mastery at work is Deliberate Practice. Deliberate practice refers to repetitive practice of important tasks at your job. The practice needs to be systematic, focused, purposeful and done with the end result in mind. The usual end result targeted is improvement in performance.
Deliberate practice consists of the following steps
- Planning (setting out work in organized manner, preferably writing down the process for the same).
- Focused attention (work with concentration, no distractions)
- Continuous Feedback (based on solid measurement of performance, define metrics for the same)
- Repetition and rework based on feedback (feedback should be critical and given by an expert/coach)
- Reflection (self-Awareness and self-regulated learning based on awareness of one’s own strengths and weaknesses)
- Coaching by a mentor/expert ( to track performance based on metrics decided and critical feedback agreed with you).
While we are practicing, it is also very important to remember that you need to like the work you do.
While learning, it is important to embrace criticism and failure and be humble. Be careful not to succumb to insecurities and develop fears when you find a task difficult.
Discipline your mind to face these situations by repeated exposing it to difficult activities which push you outside your comfort zone.