This is part of an ongoing series on the fundamental rules or “patterns” of accelerated learning. Each rule is very contextual; these are not silver bullets or cure-alls.
Rule #8: START AT THE BEGINNING
When you are trying to choose from among new skills, starting a new skill you’ve chosen, or in the middle of the process of learning your target skill…
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scope of a skill – where does one start? How does one start? What do you do when you get lost in the middle of working on a new skill?
- Competency can’t be built on a shaky foundation.
- If you skip the basics you’ll end up having to go back and relearn the skill later anyway, from the ground up.
- There is an organic, situationally relevant, and often subtle starting point for any skill – finding it can take insight and experience.
- Start at the lowest level of complexity, doing something meaningful.
- Proceed in BITE-SIZED PIECES from this beginning, and recognize moments that indicated NESTED COMPLEXITY.
- Choose your skills and adjust your starting points based on what feels most ALIVE amongst the participants – follow the energy present in the moment.
- When in the middle of play and you get confused, or simply don’t know what to do next, START AT THE BEGINNING with the most basic chunk of skill.
- When in doubt of what to do, START AT THE BEGINNING!