Originally Posted by danbk99
I wasn't talking about practice per se, so much as too much practice where you are conciously directing/critiquing yourself too much during the practice. The idea in the book is that you have to just focus on one thing at a time and go with the flow..without 'demanding' a certain result during the practice..
The problem (according to Gallway) is that most people don't want to accept how long it takes to gradually get better semi-conciously through slow repetition, so they think that over-deliberating about their performance DURING practice will get a short-cut to achievement, but it won't ... it will make progress slower.. the concious mind is interfering with the long, slow process.
This may be a language issue, but to me that doesn't make any sense. What is being focused if not a conscious, deliberate action? You kind of have to demand something from the action, or otherwise it'll become useless. That's still different from being overly critical. I personally think that the overly critical part is more about unconscious brain chatter which disturbs the focus.