Drill Your Skills
Drill is a technique used in the military to train troops for performance of their duties. It encompasses discipline, repetition, and precision. In order to master a skill it needs to be drilled in order to make it permanent.
In negotiation or anything we want to master in life, we can’t do it by simply flipping a light switch to become a master or expert at that skill. I didn’t become a master negotiator overnight. It took many years of working to make the skill a permanent part of my DNA.
We can and have mastered many skills that we don’t even realize we are a master of. Take for instance the example of walking. When you were a baby, and were learning to walk, you fell dozens of times. Once you mastered that skill, it became second nature to where you don’t even think about it, you just do it unconsciously. The same holds true for other things like driving a car or even talking, writing or tying your shoes.
The same thing can happen in negotiation. You simply need to take the time to do it (drill your skills) to get good at it. When you do the work to master the skills no matter what the skills are, you will gain more experience at it and then move toward mastery.
The Power is in The Work. You do The Work, you’ll have The Power.
See you next week!
Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, MSgt USAF Retired