Practice Psychology |
In the early part of practice, the results came easy because the skills that I was practicing were simple and it was only a matter of time before I learned and mastered them. However, as the skills got more advanced, dribbling multiple basketballs, positive progress did not come that easy. Since I didn't know better, I struggled with practice because I was expecting similar positive results with every skill I set out to learn. Like everybody else, I measured my practice progress with results. If I was not getting positive results, I was getting nowhere
Overtime and through my understanding of practice psychology, I realized that sometimes, positive results won't come overnight. Further analysis of physical progress revealed some amazing results. Unlike mental aspect like cramming the night before a test, practicing hard a day or two before a game will make you any better unless you have perfected your skills. Physical success takes a long time to manifest itself.
Too Many Factors are Involved in the Learning Process
When you are learning a physical skill like dribbling or shooting a jump shot, there are many facts (internal and external) that are involved in the process. Internally, you must be able to coordinate all the muscles involved with dribbling or shooting to work together precisely. Externally, you must be able to get away from the defensive player quicky, and still maintain control of the basketball (dribbling) to succeed.
Coordinating these facts to work together takes time. From my practice psychology study, I found out that it takes at least two years for one to learn, master, and perfect a skill before one can use the skill in pressure situations.
I Have Been Playing Sports for a Long Time
Most argument I hear from athletes is that my assumptions are wrong because they have been playing a certain sports for many years, and they should already be proficient with certain skills based on the two-year window. What I tell them is very simple; you must isolate a skill, understand, and perfect it through many hours of practice before you can maintain it with regular practice and be successful using it in a game.
Lets take walking for example. Most of us have been walking and running since we were two years old, thus we are capable of performing most activities while walking or running. Now, consider tightrope walking. The skill is similar to normal walking on a float surface, however, the tightrope walker must also include balance, and concentration in the process. Even though you have been walking for so many years, if you were to try tightrope walking, you will fail because you have never practice walking under such condition or pressure.
The same concept applies to dribbling. Most basketball players have been dribbling basketball since they were toddles (normal walking), however, they have never really taken the time to think about dribbling seriously, and extend it under game situations (tightrope walking). In a real game when the TV lights come on and the opponent is breathing behind over your shoulders, most casual dribblers (normal walkers) will fail (fall off the tightrope) because they have never practice, and mastered dribbling under such conditions.
Success Secret through Practice
Before your next practice, I challenge you to check out Success Secret through Practice. I guarantee there are a lot of things that you just don't understand about practice that are holding you back. With the right knowledge and understanding of practice, you can very easily attain your goal of becoming a superstar within a very short time if you apply the strategies outlined in Success Secret through Practice.
Dribbling is a Skills just like Shooting, Passing, etc.
Dribbling is a skill just like passing, shooting, playing defense, etc., that you must take time to practice diligently to be good at. You have to learn, master, perfect, and develop your confidence before you can use any skill under pressure.
People Don't Become Good by Default (Chance or Mistake)
When I was doing my research on how to become a better athlete through practice, I noticed that some athletes that I talked to did not know how they became superstars. They fall in the category of "success by default." There is a very small number of athletes that falls in this category. Most, however, had or have coaches who know what they needed to succeed. You can choose to go this route, however, you better have a coach who knows what they are doing. If not, I highly recommend that you check out Success Secret through Practice and find a sure guide to allow you to do what you choose to do better to success.
My Study Prediction
Either way, an athlete will have to use the Success Secret through Practice strategies by choice or default to become a better athlete through practice.
If you have never set a side time to practice your dribbling skills or other skills that you are struggling within your respective sports, you will continue to be one of those mediocre players that picks up a basketball after one or two dribbles for fear of losing the basketball. If you want to change that, click Dribbling Workout (One Basketball). for a program that will improve your dribbling in just three weeks.
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