Anders Ericsson is the world expert on experts. What he found in his research was that experts practice deliberately every day. The Japanese call this Kaizen – continuous improvement.
Experts engage in deliberate practice for at least ten years in order to become the best at what they do.
Deliberate practice requires that you set a stretch goal, one not easily achieved, and then practice every day until you reach that goal.
It might be running a mile in less than 4 minutes.
It might be becoming a best-selling author.
It might be becoming a CPA, CFP or a Doctor.
Each stretch goal sets your destination. Deliberate practice helps you create daily habit goals that help achieve your stretch goals, moving you closer to your destination.
Deliberate practice also requires feedback. And this is what separates the experts from the rest of the field. Experts practice and then seek feedback from others. Feedback lets you know what you did wrong, allowing you to tweek what you’re doing, refining your practice, in order to perfect your skills.