Are You Getting Better or Worse?
When it comes down to a skill you have, one of two things is happening:
1) You’re getting better
2) You’re getting worse.
Basically, this means your skill level isn’t stagnant.
It either goes up or down.
It doesn’t just “remain”.
You either improve by continual practice and study…
Or you stop and watch your skills slowly diminish.
“If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. – Pat Riley”
You can’t just practice something until you’re good at it, and then stop.
You MUST constantly work at it.
It would be nice if we can develop a skill or talent and put it aside for whenever we need to use it.
…but it doesn’t work that way.
Let’s use the analogy of a tree.
A tree starts off as a small plant.
With continual water and light, it grows.
If you stop the water and light, it doesn’t just stay as a small plant, it dies.
Same thing with any skill or talent you have.
It’s either growing or slowly dying.
I love marketing, personal development, basketball, and working out.
I practice and study all four every week.
For marketing/personal development, I’m either reading a book or applying what I learned.
For basketball/working, I practice both 3 to 5 times a week.
If I were to stop doing any of the above this week, my skills will begin to lack and disappear starting the following week.
Of course, you don’t lose ALL of your skills overnight, but it does begin to slowly happen the moment you stop studying and improving them.
So whatever skill or talent you have, make sure you continue working on it.
Ever heard someone say “I use to be good at this”?
Chances are they stopped studying and improving.