Why Does The Macklin Method Take So Much Time?

Do you feel like something in your life needs to change, but you don't have time to invest in yourself? Here, we discuss why our program lasts four months, and why this is actually a benefit for you.

Time is the only resource we can’t get more of. Yet we waste so much of it in situations that leave us depleted and deeply unhappy.

About a third of your life is spent at work. If you dread clocking in every day, that’s a lot of time being thrown away to misery.

Maybe, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to get ahead. You’re in the same job with the same salary that you’ve had for years. You haven’t been offered a pay raise or promotion in what seems like forever. Every day feels the same. You work, you try to recuperate for a few hours before bed, and then you do it all over again the next day. Over and over.

You don’t have to stay in this cycle. At MacklinConnection, we believe you deserve to be happy - at work, at home, and at school. This is why Ron Macklin spent over 30 years developing a method that can enable you to have a more meaningful and fulfilling life. By implementing the model taught in our workshops, you can start living how you always wanted (but didn’t know how to achieve).

We have watched the lives of our participants completely transform throughout the course of the workshop. We know this process works. But one of the biggest concerns we get involves the time commitment for completing our program. Here, we discuss exactly how much time is involved, and why we think this is so important for making real changes in your life.

What are the Time Requirements for the Workshop?

The Macklin Method Workshop is about four months long (17 weekly sessions). Each week, you’ll need to set aside 45 minutes for a group video call with your session leader and the other workshop participants. Some weeks, you’ll be asked to schedule an additional 20-minute phone call with someone from your workshop group.

In addition to your video meeting each week, you’ll be asked to do some reading and reflection questions to help you prepare for your call. You can put as much time into this as you want. We find participants generally spend 45 minutes to an hour each week on this “prep work.”

Aside from being on the calls and doing some reading each week, we don't ask you to do anything you wouldn't already be doing. You will just start participating in your everyday interactions with a new perspective.

As part of the workshop, you will be discovering The Macklin Method and applying it in your daily life. The Macklin Method is a 7-step model, based on human biology, that rewires how you view yourself and others. It is a process anyone can use to start creating a better relationship with themselves and everyone around them.

Why Does it Take So Much Time?

The workshop takes 17 weeks to complete because we want you to be able to master the skills you are learning. This gives you plenty of time to practice and make real changes in your life.

Our workshop provides a space to learn HOW to apply The Macklin Method in your life. You will experience the method as part of taking the course AND you will be asked to practice and share the results with the group you are learning with. This allows you to try on the method and put it into practice and discover what value it produces for you.

This approach to learning requires an investment of time - time to learn about the method, time to put it into practice and learn how to apply it, and time to allow the practices to become part of the way you do things.  We found that the 4 months of the workshop and then 2 months of additional calls (included when you sign up for the workshop) allows you the space to really embody the practice and sustain it for yourself.

According to a 2009 study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit (more on that here). The study also showed that it takes an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. Further, according to neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta, to rewire your brain for the long term, you must practice something for at least six weeks.

If you really want to make a new skill an automatic part of your behavior, you’ve got to invest time in not only learning it, but applying it regularly. To attain a level of mastery, there must be consistent time and effort devoted to practicing. A concert pianist doesn’t become an expert musician by sitting down at the piano one time for a couple of hours. It takes time to truly become good at something.

“It takes ten thousand hours to truly master anything. Time spent leads to experience; experience leads to proficiency; and the more proficient you are the more valuable you’ll be.”
— Malcolm Gladwell

Time Requirements for Learning Specific vs. Fundamental Skills

Our current workshop is designed to allow people sufficient time and space to be able to make the method a part of their way of being. Research continuously shows that this is the best way to adopt a new skill into your life.

When you are learning a new skill, you need time for it to become cemented as part of your knowledge base. And depending on the type of skill you are trying to learn, you’ll need different time commitments to practice until you start to “get it.”

There are two types of skills - specific and fundamental. Specific skills are those required to use a specific technology or to perform a specific task – like using a computer program. The time it takes to learn a specific skill generally depends on the complexity of the particular skill. In the world of sports, a specific skill would be sport-specific, like dribbling a basketball.  

Fundamental skills are those that can be applied to a number of situations. It is a foundational skill that can serve you in many ways. Learning fundamental skills – like learning how to actually communicate with others – positions you to be able to navigate many different situations.

Because fundamental skills serve as the basis for many other tasks, they can take longer to master. You need time to practice fundamental skills so they become ingrained in how you navigate the world. Going back to our sports analogy, a fundamental skill would be running, as it is a basic building block that can be used in a wide range of athletic activities.

If you only learn specific skills, you are forced to relearn everything when you need to replace one specific skill set with another. In our sports analogy, if you switch from playing basketball to soccer, you won’t need to dribble the ball with your hands anymore. You’ll have to learn how to maneuver it with your feet. But the fundamental skill of running is still useful for you in your new sport.


Here’s another example:

You can learn how to follow a recipe in a way that produces consistent results. This skill can be applied to an unlimited number of recipes.  A new recipe may involve a specific skill that is unfamiliar (like how to julienne a carrot). You might not use this skill for every recipe, and you may find you have to continue learning specific cooking techniques with the more recipes you try. But you understand the fundamentals of following a recipe, which is applicable to every dish you try to cook.

As you continue in your cooking journey, you can learn the fundamentals of how to create dishes - which means you can learn to create your own recipes. This requires an even deeper level of fundamental knowledge.  

When you follow a recipe, you are trusting the recipe to guide you through the fundamentals. It takes more time and practice to be able to learn all the fundamentals of cooking than it does to follow a recipe.

Our workshop provides the space to learn fundamental skills that, once learned, can be applied every day in a variety of situations.  And we provide the space to practice those fundamental skills to get sufficient capabilities so you can embody it as part of your habits and practices.  

Should You Sign Up for the Workshop?

If you are stressed and burnt out at work, you might not feel like anything can help you.

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There are tools available to turn things around. You don't have to wait until it’s too late to start making changes.

It took Ron 30 years to develop this method. These are skills it takes someone their entire career to master. Do you want to wait until you’re at the end of your career to finally feel fulfilled? Do you want to spend decades on your own trying to figure out what work-life balance actually is? Or would it be easier to spend a few months learning the steps you can take to create a better life now?

If you are ready to transform your life, schedule a discovery call with one of our session leaders. You’ll be able to ask any questions you might have and help us learn more about what you’re looking for.