Step #1: Turn your knowledge into a skill through deliberate practice in the “real world.”
This means that you have a specific plan for what to practice and how to practice. You have benchmarks and milestones you’re aiming for and a schedule to follow which helps you turn the knowledge you have into skills you can perform.
This is like doing morning laps in the pool, French vocabulary rehearsals, and the daily piano practice sessions.
Step #2: Get feedback from qualified coaches or mentors.
Without the right feedback from the right people, there’s no way for you to calibrate and know for sure if you’re on the right track of improvement.
This is the feedback from the swim coach, the French conversation buddy or the piano tutor.
Step #3: Tap into a community to stay accountable and motivated towards your goal.
This community keeps you motivated and inspired to follow through with your deliberate practice until you’ve reached mastery.
This would be the swim team, the neighbors when you relocate to France, or your band.