Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to have you around my table. Today is January 1, 2015. Happy New Year to you and your family. In one of my articles, Neuroplasticity, Small Successes and Learning / Relearning Skill Sets I spoke about learning new skills through breaking the skill down into individual parts. By doing so I am able to celebrate each part of the skill. By working on individual parts of the skill, I am able to combine those parts to achieve a skill. As I achieve that skill, I am able to begin working on the parts of another skill.
As I learn the next skill, I am able to combine each skill that I develop into a skill set. As I learn and teach myself new skills, I am able to develop new skill sets. By combining different skill sets, I am able to work on developing an application of the skill sets.
During the past 2 1/2 years I have been concentrating on developing skill sets using single and double stick drills using rattan sticks. These drills have helped to improve my hand-eye coordination, agility, motor and fine motor skills, speed, precision and focus in both my dominant and non dominant hand. Developing these skills and skill sets, during the past 2 1/2 years has added to the skill and skill sets that I have developed over time. Combining these various skills and skill sets have given me the ability to accomplish things with my body that I never dreamed possible.
Last night, during my work out; I had the opportunity to work with an individual who has trained in Wing Chun for nearly a decade. As we worked together, using sticky hand techniques; I had a spiritual awakening. I realized that he could have “decimated” me with his skill and skill sets in Wing Chun. The experience showed me that I need to begin working on the application of combining the individual skill and skill sets that I have developed through my training in different martial art disciplines. Although I train on my own, I can teach myself how to combine / apply my skills and skill sets.
In my experience, I learn best through endless repetition. In my experience, I gain skills by working on them over a long period of time. In my experience, I need to work on one skill and skill set, at a time. In my experience, I need to do so to be able to develop the muscle memory, hand eye coordination, agility, motor and fine motor skills, speed and precision in the skill and skill set. In my experience, I have found that combining skill sets, with the associated muscle memory, hand eye coordination, agility, motor / fine motor skills, speed and precision; requires considerable time / effort.
The application of these skills sets, in combination; adds a new dimension for me. My opportunity to work with my friend who has trained in Wing Chun helped me to realize several realities. Although I have developed different skills and skills sets in different disciplines, my skills and skill sets in individual disciplines, alone; do not serve me well. Consequently, I realized that I need to turn my focus to combining the various skill and skill sets. By doing so, I can learn how to apply what I have learned through my training in different disciplines — in ways that will work for me.
Over time, I will learn how to apply those skill sets in combination with other skill sets. In the process, I will find ways that work for me.
During the past year you also may have been working on different skills and skill sets. I applaud you for your efforts. Use these skills and skill sets, in the coming days, weeks and months; to combine them with the skill and skill sets that you have learned. And remember, the way you use and combine these skills and skill sets do not have to work for anyone else. With application, as I plan on doing in the coming days, weeks and months; you will become more proficient in the applications of the skill and skill sets that you have been working on over time.
More will be revealed to us with time. We will learn how to apply our skills and skill sets. We will learn how to apply them in ways that work for us.
In the event that you have not already begun working on a skill, start today by breaking down, the skill that you would like to accomplish; into parts. With time, you will learn how to put those parts together. You will learn how to use that skill. As you stay committed to learning new skills, you will find yourself combining those skills into skill sets. As you stay committed to learning, you will find yourself able to combine those skill sets with other skill sets. Over time, you will see yourself accomplishing things that you never dreamed possible, because you did not give up on your process.
Over time, you will learn how to apply those skill sets in combination with other skill sets. In the process, you will find ways that work for you.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Before long we will be able to look back, and see how far we have come; because we kept walking.” Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
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