Becoming skilled in any endeavor requires the building of skills necessary for competence and mastery. The general principles include (but are not limited to):
- Technical guidance
- And, oh, did I mention practice?
In case you’re not familiar with the definition of that word, here is Webster’s version:
Repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.
The keyword here is repeated. To develop competency in any area of life in which we seek to develop expertise, we need to practice.
Practice and Relationships
The best place to practice if you seek to master the art of relationships is to be in one yourself. Books and workshops are good. They definitely help. But there’s no better way to pit yourself against the challenges that relationships provide if you want to really experience the rubber meeting the road than actually being in a relationship.