Have you ever started learning a new skill or hobby, but stopped shortly afterwards?
Maybe you found it to be more difficult than you initially thought. Perhaps you just got busy and didn’t have enough time for it. It can be frustrating to start learning something and not reach a level that you’re proud of. In this blog, we will discuss some tips on how to commit to learning a new skill or hobby and actually see it through!
Setting realistic goals
One of the most important things to note when it comes to learning a new skill or hobby is setting realistic goals.
If your goal is to become fluent in Italian overnight, you’re going to be really disappointed! Make sure your goals are attainable and achievable, otherwise you’ll quickly lose motivation.
For example, if your goal is to learn how to play the bass guitar, plan to learn one song that you like at a time. This way, you’ll be able to see progress and will be more motivated to continue learning.
When it comes to committing to a new skill or hobby, one of the most important things is organisation.
Make sure you have everything set up in a way that works for you. If you’re learning how to speak Spanish, make sure you have the necessary tools and resources to learn. This may include books, online tutorials, classes or even just someone to practice with!
There are plenty of mobile apps and web platforms that offer unique ways of picking up and learning new skills. Find the ones that work and make sense for you!
Don’t overwhelm yourself
There’s no need to overwhelm yourself with a new skill or hobby. Start small and work your way up. If you’re learning how to play the guitar, start by learning basic chords and riffs and progress from there. The same goes for other skills – take it one slow step at a time.
One of the best ways to commit to learning a new hobby or skill is to eliminate the fear of doing so. Break down the skills you need to learn and make a plan on how to do so. This will help alleviate any fears or doubts you may have about learning.
Join a community
It’s also important to find a support group or community of people who share your same interests. When it comes to learning a new skill, having like-minded people around you can be incredibly motivating and helpful. It also makes the process more fun!
If you’re learning to play the drums, join a subreddit like r/drums. On Facebook, there are literally thousands of groups available to join. If you ever get stuck, you can ask the community for help. When it comes to hobbies and skills, people within communities are always happy to help.
Don’t be afraid to fail
Failure is a natural part of learning and it’s important to embrace it. Don’t be afraid to try new things and make mistakes – you’ll learn a lot from them.
Whether it’s an instrument, learning a new language or trying a new sport, don’t be disheartened by failure. Every great musician, linguist and athlete had to fail hard before they reached their peak. Keep going!
Remember – Rome wasn’t built in a day. Learning a new skill takes time, effort and perseverance, but it’s well worth it in the end. It’s also good to note that you don’t necessarily need a hobby. It’s perfectly normal to not have a hobby.
If you don’t have time to pursue a new hobby yet, it’s best to take a step back and go for it later down the line. It’s never too late to learn a new skill!
Good luck – let us know how you get on!