PERFECT PRACTICE RULE #3: LET THE MIND FOLLOW THE BODY

  1. Stress learning skills all the way to automaticity so that participants can use them automatically–and before they consciously decide to.
  2. Build up layers of related automated skills so that participants can do complex tasks without actively thinking about them.practiceperfect
  3. Automate fundamentals, but also look for more complex and subtle skills that may also respond to automation.  It’s a false assumption that only simple things can become habits.


David Eagleman says in Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain   that “a professional athlete’s goal is not to think.”   They want to be so practiced that when in the “heat of a game,” they react automatically.  Listen up musicians — when in the heat of performance, you want to be so well rehearsed that you don’t even think …. you sing with ease and a naturalness.  The skills of breathing, tone production, diction are all rehearsed to automaticity.  Too often Eagleman says, our own awareness gets in the way.  He talks about being so practiced with a skill that our body executes it and “only  afterwards does our mind catch up.”  How many times must you practice a skill set to get to this point?

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