"You can't master skiing by reading about it, but you can surely fall down." — Murray Johannsen

 Learning Skill Mastery: The 3 Critical Phases On The Road To Success

Skill Mapping

Don't let others get ahead of you. You won't excel in organizations or your career unless you start focusing on developing work skills.

You won't excel in organizations unless you understand how to BETTER build expertise and skills.

These is nothing wrong with striving for perfection. But you will get there faster, if you use the 4 Mastery Practices

What is Skill Mapping?

Essentially, skill mapping is the process of defining key work roles (from current to desired). The cool thing is for each role; you define the expertise and skills needed. This gives you a roadmap to a prosperous future.

Define Your Path To the Top

Skill mapping draws on your vision for yourself — your career and your life – yours, not the bosses, not the corporations, not the government, not your parents. Yours.  

The process starts with an assumption that you need a detailed map to follow on the journey of life. Not having one means we are lost in confusion, doubt, and uncertainty.  

Don't use someone else’s map; you must create your own. This gives you self-confidence and vision — the power to know where you are going and how you can get there.  

The beauty in this technique lies in the fact that you can both know what improves current performance while stepping into a better future. Just follow this practical six-step process that defines the roles you want to play.

Know what improves current performance while preparing for a better future. Create your map, your path into the future. Define the roles and the skills you need to execute a prosperous vision. 

 “Great results cannot be achieved at once, and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk — step-by-step.” — Samuel Smiles  

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Skill-Based Learning

Copyright Murray Johannsen

What Is Skill-Based Learning?

Discover how to incorporate mental practice into physical rehearsal. Doing so makes accelerates the effect of real-world practice.

When I was in high school, it seemed as though I never needed to study. Or at least, I did not have to study much to get good grades to get into college. But, once in college, it was like experiencing a slow-motion train wreck.  

I found out during my first semester in college that I didn’t know how to learn. My problem? A huge number of hours spent in the library resulting in lousy grades. Despite having the motivation, I lacked the skills needed.  

That Christmas break was miserable. Lots of soul search, bouts of anxiety, continuous self-doubt, and thoughts about, “I’m a failure at 18.” Finally, after giving up the role of victim and deciding that I didn’t want to be the wimp in the family, the process began in figuring out how to get better grades.  

So I spent time learning how to learn, tweaking:  

  • Test-taking,  
  • Reading comprehension,  
  • Memorization and recall,  
  • Studying habits, and  
  • Time management.  

I got through the undergrad — my GPA went up — and went on to get two more master's degrees. But it taught me a valuable lesson: the educational system did not teach me how to learn expertise nor build skills. And it won't teach you either.

Personal Story of Murray Johannsen. Founder of The Legacee Academy

Skill-Based Expertise: What You Must Know To Build Skills Faster

Core Class | 4 Modules

“There is no theory too absurd, too patently ridiculous, or too impractical that an economist somewhere will not propose it.” — Anonymous

Most theory is too abstract, complex or just plain doesn’t work as a way of building skills. That includes many "how to" articles on the Internet which typically don't tell you how. 

Discover the key cognitive and behavioral learning theories (yes, there are some good theories). Find out what can (and cannot) be practiced. And engage in finding theory that tells you how to do so.

Everything needs a strong foundation. One must first know before you can do.

Course Modules  

1. The 3 Most Important Behavioral Learning Theories in Psychology.  

2: The Major Cognitive Learning Models  

3: How To Screen For Valid Skill-Based Theory that you can turn into a skill.  

4: The Must Know Phases of The Legacee Skill Model

Skilled Practice: How To Practice To Accelerate Skill Development

Core Class | 4 Modules

"Only perfect practice makes skills perfect." — M. Johannsen 

Most people waste time and effort in unskilled practice. No wonder they give up

There are ways to practice that enhance its effectiveness. For example, proper feedback determines what's working and what's not.

It's important to understand ways to incorporate mental practice into physical rehearsal. Doing so makes accelerates the effect of real world practice.

Of course, certain mental skills are best practiced mentally. And some of the most important skills need to be habituated so it becomes that way you do things. 

Course Modules  

1. Uncover the Secrets of Effective Physical and Mental Practice  

2. Shape Your Practice: Classic Techniques to Use For Insightful Reflection and Valuable Feedback  

3. Accelerating Your Practice — Fire-up Motivation: Techniques and theories You Need to Know  

4: Skill Building Practice: Applying What You Know

Mastering The Mastery Practices

"If the first rule of real estate is location, location, location; the most important rule of skill mastery is practice, practice, practice." — Murray Johannsen 

Learning a Mastery Practice reduces the time and effort it takes to go from novice to mastery — the mental practices that help perfect the physical.

What Are the Mastery Practices?

  • It's long been known that skill-building requires practice. 
  • Its also been known that mental practice enhances the ability to perform physically (Schmidt and Lee, N.D).  
  • Mental rehearsal has long been used in sports psychology to perfect motor skills. And you can use it on mental skills such as listening.  
  • And inefficient practice can take a long time, sometimes hundreds or thousands of hours.
  • The Mastery Practices are series of techniques that (when used properly) take you from novice to mastery in less time. 
  • In chemistry, we would call the Mastery Practices skill catalysts, something that drives the desired reaction forward faster. 

Separately, these are useful. Together, they're powerful.

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Meditation: Learn It, Practice It and Experience It

Core | 4 Modules

"The most under utilized asset human posses is our mind." — Murray Johannsen

The most power instrument we have, the one really necessary to reach success lies, untrained stuck in version 1.0.

There is a delusion that classes teach us how to better use our mind. Nothing is farther from the truth. But you would never find much about it from the introductory psychology textbooks. 

For you you can focus your mind, concentrate your thoughts and the other mastery practices become more powerful still. 

Meditation has many, many benefits besides making the other mastery practices work better. It's worth doing.

Online Class Learning Modules  

1. Meditations Impact and Benefits on Both the Mind and Body.  

2. Five pitfalls to Avoid: Prevent reduced effectiveness.  

3. Seven Practical Techniques to Quickly Access Meditation Sate.  

4. Practice and Reflection: Mastering the Kuan Yin Technique

Seeing With The Mind's Eye: Constructing Potent Imagery

Core | 4 Modules

Imagination has many uses. 

It' has long been associated with motivation and creativity. It allows one to practice, anytime, anywhere. It a communicaton medium between the unconscious and the conscious. It has long been an important tool used by sports psychologists to train athletes.

High performers know what the rest of us don’t -- how to use guided imagery a tool. Fortunately, what few of us know can be used to many different types of skills. 

Visualization is a key tool — one essential for learning most skills. After all, if you can see, you can do it.  

Online Course Skill Learning Modules  

1: Vision to Dreams: Types of Imagery Used by the Mind  

2: How To Construct Powerful Goal Imagery  

3: How to Practice: The Secrets of Using Process Imagery  

4: Skill Building Practice and Reflection

Powerful Thoughts: Improving Your Performance With Self-Talk

Core | 4 Modules

Your mind is like a garden. But rather than growing beautiful flowers, the winds of thought can carry the seeds of weeds.

For untrained minds, rather than seeing something beautiful, we have a tangled mess, a jungle needing to be pruned.

Not only can you clear the weeds by using self-talk, but conscntrated focused thought will also plant flowers in the mind.  

How we think typically determines who successful we are.  

Skill Development Course Modules  

1. Course Overview: The Benefits of Improving Your Performance With Self-Talk  

2. Better Beliefs: Identifying Empowering and Limiting Views  

3: Cognitive Restructuring: Reducing The Impact of Negative Thinking  

4: Skill Building Practice and Reflection

Unlock The Power Of Reflection: How To Learn From Experience

Core | 4 Modules

“People Don’t Learn From Experience”J. Edwards Deming

It's true, most people don't learn from experience. We commonly:  

Keep making similar mistakes over and over again,  

Don't learn from practice, 

Keep doing the same thing the same way. whether it makes sense or not.

Despite it's importance, reflection is rarely taught. But take hope, one can learn from experience by using reflection. 

Learning reflection is easy from the theory side. But it requires self-discipline to build the habit.  

Key Take Aways  

  • How It Can be Used:
  • The Importance of Reflection
  • How To Apply Four Different Types of Reflection
  • Practice by Doing

The Capstone Class: Developing a Complex Skill

Core | 4 Modules

Online Class Learning Modules:  

1. Define Your Theory Set & Practice Plan. Choice of good theory is a really important step. Bad theory, like poor practice, results in skills not learned.  

 2. Skilled Practice. There is a process you use that improves each time it's run.  

3. Lessons Learned. At the end of practice, one needs to step back and take an entire look at what occurred.  

4. Define Your Future Skills. Personal improvement never stops, should never stop. It needs to be a habit.

The Psychology of Mindfulness

Elective | 4 Modules

Online Course Learning Modules  

1. Life on Automatic: The Perils of Mindlessness  

2. Get an Edge: The Benefits of Mindfulness  

3. Be Aware: Overcoming the Limitations of Attention  

4. Mindfulness Practices

Learn a Discrete Skill in 30-Days With Dual Track Learning

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Week One: Day 1: Kick-Off  

Meet face-to-face or electronically with your learning Guide who will act as your teacher, mentor and coach.  

This begins the 30-day cycle in the drive toward mastery.

Week Two, Thrree & Four  

 • Know & understand the skill-based theory.  

• Tailor the practice assignment. and  

• Practice, Practice, Practice. One uses 

Week Four: Day 30: Review & Reflection  

Partly, it's looking forward and planing what should be done in the future.  

Partly it's looking back and looking for the lesson learned that one should carry forward. 

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FAQ: On Learning Skill Mastery

Why Should I Take Charge of My Own Skill Development?

Only you, can define your vision for the future. 

Few employers have a primary goal of keeping you employed.

New jobs will be created but only if you have the skills

A college degree typically does not teach all the skills you need to prosper in the 21st Century.

What Skills should I invest in?

Once you know your work roles, you can define your skills.

Some have a short half-life, others are timeless. 

Some can be mastered in quickly, others take years. 

There are five Core Skill-Sets one must invest in to stay employed. 

How can I develop these Skills?

If you are unclear about your future, get started with skill mapping

Then you can use the Mastery Practices. These are the then you work on it month by month, day-by-day.

Finally, to develop more complex skills investigate Skill-Based Learning.

Isn't a Degree Good Enough? 

Maybe, if you have the right degree from the right university. But a college degree typically does not teach all skills employers want.

But here's the thing, degrees are losing it's power as a signalling mechanism for employers. 

And most employers dont' want to pay you full salary teaching you what your degree should have given you. 

In this century, the ability to learn new skills is part of the puzzle to stay employed. Discover eight online classes to learn skills faster.

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Skill Mapping

How To Define The Skills Needed For Success


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Skill- Based Learning

Skill-Based Expertise: What You Must Know to Build Skills Faster


Skill- Based Learning

Skilled Practice: How To Boost Performance


The Mastery Practices

Meditation: Learn It, Practice It, Experience It


The Mastery Practices

Powerful Thoughts: Improving Your Performance With Self-Talk


The Mastery Practices

Powerful Thoughts: Improving Your Performance With Self-Talk


The Mastery Practices

Powerful Thoughts: Improving Your Performance With Self-Talk


The Mastery Practices

Capstone: Building An Essential Application Skill