Success Secrets through Practice
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All You Need to Know About Success through Practice
We pretty much know what it takes to succeed with lots of everyday things that we need like business, relationship, etc. However, we are yet to figured out what it takes to succeed in sports. Look at how many people play sports across the world; only 1% of 1% makes it to the professional level. You may want to claim that if somebody makes it to the pinnacle of their respective sports, they are successful. But, how many of these successful athletes actually know how they got to the epic of their careers?
When I was researching what it takes to succeed through practice, I looked at many factors to help me understand this very elusive concept, however, none gave me any good answers. I talked to many successful athletes, read books by famous athletes, and psychologists, and they all pointed to two things; working hard and understanding the game. After playing a sport for over ten years, I can rightfully calm that I understands the game. However, what does understanding the game really mean? None of the available materials expanded on this very elusive concept. The secret to success through practice is understanding the game from an athlete's perspective. This can happen by mistake (default) or by being taught by somebody who understands the game. More research on the top lead me to conclude that most athletes become successful by default; they unconsciously do the right things that help them succeed in their respective sports. What coaches do to help athletes succeed is keep them focus and help channel the athletes efforts in the right direction.
Its like the guy who discovered how to harden the rubber-material used to make car tires. He was boiling the liquid and in the proceed of transferring the content to another container, he poured a chunk in the open fire. The next morning, he noticed something solid in the furnace. It was the harden rubber that had been trying to make all this time.
We all agree to some point that Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player in the history of the NBA. There are other athletes like Larry Bird, Magic John, Wilt Chamberlain, Abdul Jabbar, Joe Montana, Edwin Moses, Wayne Gresky, Pate Samprass, etc., that were just as good in their respective sports. If these amazing players new what made them great, wouldn't they be able to pass the knowledge to somebody else? Lets focus on basketball at the moment. A quick Google of father-son combo in the NBA only brings out 43 names; most recently Dell and Stephen Curry . If these superstar athletes understood what it takes to succeed through practice, wouldn't their entire family be playing professional sports.
As athletes, we know what we need to do to succeed, however, we just don't understand what it takes to succeed through practice. What is the deference? Take a car for example, I know that a car need gasoline to run, however, I don't understand how combustion engine.
Think of all the players that play basketball in the NBA for example. How many pure shooters can you count? Ray Allen, Luke Ridnour, Danny Granger, Steve Nash, Jose Calderon, Dirk Nowilski, Anthony Marrow, Kevin Durant, Miller Miller, etc. How, take any player in the league and ask him to explain how to shoot a jump shot. Every player knows the techniques and mechanics of how to shoot a jump shot, however, only a few really understand the jump shoot. Going out and shooting 1000 shots every day without a proper understanding of the shot from your perspective will not transform you into a good shorter?
You have to understand the shot as it applies to you and an individual. Consider this situation; you have limited mobility in your wrist that does not allow you to get your palm lined up with the elbow and face the basket? Unless you understand this situation and work to find what works best for you using the outlined shooting guidelines, you have no chance of becoming a good shorter. This is where we go wrong as players and coaches trying to learn or teach the game. We try to fit everybody in one mold. One-size-fits-all only works with tube socks; it does not work with developed skills because of our unique physiological make ups. Some players have long arms, others have short arms, big and small hands, full range verse limited flexibility, etc. These facts plays a major role in whether one succeed with practice or spend his or her entire career looking to improve.
Here are two things to consider when teaching or practice
Look to understand your body first, then use the textbook mechanics for find what works best for you as an individual. That is what I call a perfect-fit. When you find your perfect-fit, you will put your body through normal predisposed movements, thus you will be able to learn the skill quicker through good muscle memory that your body can execute naturally. When you attempt to put your body through an action that it is not predisposed to learn, your body will resist the action to build good muscle memory. Since this is an unnaturally skills, you body will not be able to execute it naturally under pressure. The following ancient Chinese proverb explains this concept better:
What I hear, I soon forget ... What I see, I remember .... What I do, I understand.
Perfecting a Leaned Skills
When reading or listening to sports commentators, we often hear them talk of perfection as in a perfect shot, baseball or goal swing, throw, kick, etc. Again, looking to execute a skills exactly as it is defined in a textbook or instructional manual is one of the reasons why athletes fail to learn and master developed skills. If your physiological make-up does not allow you to execute a skills exactly as it is defined in an instructional manual, you will not perfect the skill no matter how hard you practice. What you are practicing is an unnatural action that your body is not predisposed to learn. Eventually, you will develop some kind of muscle memory that you body will be able to relay on when called upon to execute the skill. However, since it is not a naturally action, your body will develop a number of ways to execute the skills (typical body adjustment under pressure). Every now-and-then, you will hit one of those technique and succeed; majority of the times, you body will rely on what it is predisposed to do naturally, and the results will not be favorable because you have not developed action. Thus, perfection should mean finding what works naturally for you, your perfect-fit contrary to executing a skill as defined form somebody else's perspective.
2300 Rule of Success
How Long will it take to learn and master a skill? If you don't find your skill's perfect-fit, it will take a life time. Once you find your skill's perfect-fit, it will take 23 sets of 100 successful repetition to develop ideal muscle memory to be successful with the skill under pressure. Critics will claim that they have played a sports for over 10 years and executed a skill more than 2300 times. That is true, however, my respond is, you have not develop the idea muscle memory (perfect-fit) that the your body can execute naturally under pressure. All this time, you have worked to develop multiple techniques because your body keep adjusting trying to settled with the idea technique, however you won't let it. You have to make a conservative effort to establish an ideal technique, and train your subconscious to recognize it before you succeed with the skill.
Manipulating your Subconscious Mind
Our subconscious mind receives and stores everything we experience through our senses starting at childhood about age 2 when our brains are almost 80% developed. Thus we can commit to your subconscious mind any thoughts, desire or action whether good or bad. Later on when faced with similar situations, the stored information is committed by to our conscious mind for physical actions. If you commit unnatural action (muscle memory) to your subconscious, you will get the same message back, and the results will not be desirable. Finding a skill's perfect-fit will allow you to commit the right information to your subconscious and get it right back when needed. Also, remember that your body resolves to natural action under pressure. If not are not sending good muscle memory to your subconscious, there is very little chance that you will succeed when it matters most.
2+ n Approach to Success
How long will it take an athlete to learn a new skill, and use it under pressure? Surprise, surprise athletes, it will take you at least 2 years to learn, master, perfect, and use new or improved skills in pressure situations. This 2 years only applies to skills that you have been able to find their perfect-fit (natural action) that your body can use to develop good muscle memory. If not, it will take you a life time to succeed with a skill because you have not isolated the idea technique, then work to perfect-fit (develop good muscle memory for later use).
These a lot other aspects that an athlete need to understand before he or she can succeed through practice. The athlete must go through 3 stages of confidence building and use the true qualities of a superstar to succeed through practice.
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