How to get things done begins in your mind. The minute you decide to act as if the thing you want to get done has been accomplished, you become a winner at work and in your personal life. This mindset is based on a simple premise: If one person can do something, you can also do it by studying how that person achieved the task.
To learn about what you need to know in order to accomplish what you want to do, find somebody who has done the thing you have in mind. Ask your contact, “How did you do it?” This is an exciting concept because it’s how you can learn to do just about anything as you learned how to drive a car. That’s how to get things done.
I first heard about his idea from the late Saul Gruner, one of the granddaddy’s of career counseling in America. “You don’t necessarily have to spend lots of time learning something,” said Saul. “You can often learn how to do a task in ten minutes by looking over somebody’s shoulder.” The method of watching someone and imitating her has been around for a long time. It even has a psychological name: “observational learning,” and non-psychological names of “shadowing” and “modeling.”
Whatever you choose to call it, getting things done by watching another person do it is a powerful learning tool. If you’ve gotten something done by observing from others, please share your experience in the “comments” box.
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