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She serves — She matters Learn New Skills and Prepare For What’s Next

By Wanda “Sistah Soldier” Petty, President & CEO, SHE VET, iNC.

Acquiring a new skill is a journey. To allow fresh ideas to flow in, we must be open to new opportunities. Sometimes, we’re our most prominent critic because of fearing what others may say or think. When we continuously tear ourselves down, we subconsciously give up hope. So, it’s essential that we become our biggest cheerleader. Not as a narcissist, but in a supportive way. Being kind to ourself is the highest level of support we could ever receive as humankind, and it provides many benefits. Being kind to ourself produces higher levels of self-esteem and confidence, which can be perceived by others as being gentle and compassionate.

The greatest gift we can ever give to ourselves is love. If we could only love ourself as much as we love others, everything in our world would shift. It would be easier to forgive others, receive love from those who genuinely care, and accept the changes we experience. Here are a few practices that can help you begin the process of preparing yourself for the journey of a new career.

Follow these steps to ensure that you’re going in the right direction:

Start with the basics. We often jump past the fundamentals to speed up the learning process to say, “it’s complete.” Take the time to absorb new information without having prejudgement. Approach the situation with a fresh mind and be eager to learn something new. Be sure it’s in alignment with your overall goals, and not just another wealth of knowledge. To find the right road, begin with material that explains how and where to get started.

Break down the tasks. The larger the project, the higher the distance can seem overwhelming at first. Cut down your journey into manageable segments to avoid getting frustrated. If there are many steps, use a calendar and project them as goals. Identify what you intend to accomplish each step, and by when you want to have them completed.

Become an expert at each segment. Don’t move on to this step until you’ve tested your knowledge. Try to get the same measurable results over and over before you move on.

Let go of the past. As we get older, it can seem harder to pick up new skills, sometimes because of fears or old habits. When you’re learning something new, train your mind to let go of preconceived ideas that will slow your progress. Create new practices that support your unique desires, and that will encourage you to continue pursuing your dreams.

Ask for directions. The key to understanding is to ask questions. Consult with experts who can guide you toward your destination. Develop some test questions for yourself as a way to really confirm your understanding of the material, and also help you to retain the information.

Sistah Soldier is an inspirational activist who helps veterans, women and minorities step into the call of God for their lives. She’s the CEO, host and producer of SHE VET iNSPIRES Television Show.

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