The Learning Curve: Don’t Give Short-shrift To Step II

Step I: Learning how to do it. This step involves the basic mechanics of studying and then acquiring the necessary tools, equipment and technology for whatever it is you want to learn for the first time. In this phase, you’re gaining insight, starting to understand how it works and beginning to develop the technique you need to get good at it.

Step II: This is where you turn it into something you do habitually. Committing to regular practice, honing technique and doing it so frequently that you become unconsciously competent at it. At this point, it’s become ingrained in you.

Educational environments, software purchases and DIY kits are about what happens in Step I.

Step II though, is where the magic happens and catapults you forward. Don’t minimize its considerable importance to the success of your new endeavor.

Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW is a licensed clinical pharmacist and a clinical social worker with more than thirty years of experience in the field of psychopharmacology. His diverse professional background in psychopharmacology and counseling affords him a unique perspective on medication management issues. In addition to consulting with numerous psychiatric facilities, he has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of clinicians in 46 states.

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