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One thing I’ve learned as a movement specialist – helping my clients get out of pain after injury – is how important skill development is for a client’s success.A big part of the rehab process is skill development which in this setting is about a client learning to move in a way that doesn’t produce the ‘danger’ response by the brain, ie. pain!
If a client has a movement that is particularly problematic it’s common for them to experience a lack of confidence performing that movement too.
In rehab, confidence and fear play into pain (look up the bio-psycho-social model of pain if you really want to geek out!) and the idea is to develop physical skill and confidence in tandem.
How To Develop Skill And Confidence
Often the client starts in a place of frustration, so my usual strategy is to give them tasks that they can complete with relative ease. This builds some confidence, giving the client the feeling that all is not lost.
This method takes the client through an emotional journey of frustration, determination and satisfaction as they go from failure, to perseverance, to success.
The goal then is to guide the client through a progressive program, constantly assessing progress and setting new goals along the way to create micro cycles of the skill development journey.
The key to successful skill development lies in setting the task appropriately. Too difficult and the client can become frustrated and lose motivation, too easy and the client gets bored and has no reason to improve.
Using The Skill-Based Approach In Personal Development
In Personal Development we can approach goal setting and skill development in the same way.
By setting challenging goals for ourselves that require us to develop new skills and by experiencing the same emotional journey along the way, we can build confidence, experience and capabilities that will ultimately help us get to where we want to be.
Remember – goals need to be meaningful, challenging and achievable…through hard work, learning and perseverance!
Progress ultimately comes from setting goals that create a challenge big enough to stimulate change
Don’t be afraid to set goals that require the development of a new skill. Setting a challenge that’s within your current skill set and comfort zone is not really a challenge and you won’t gain anything from it. Setting a challenge that’s too far outside your skill set and comfort zone will make it easy to lose motivation and give up, which may cause frustration and a drop in confidence as a result.
If you take the right approach and regularly set meaningful goals that require you to develop skills to achieve and constantly assess you progress, your skills and confidence will improve at the same time, bringing your game to a higher level.
The question is – what’s your next level, and what goals can you set for yourself and what skills will you need to develop to get there?