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Unread 08-16-2012, 02:40 PM
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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.
Fantastic theory.

Now let's look at what works in practice. Because it's not that as a general rule of course.
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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.
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Also depends on how technical the thing is that you're doing. You could get better at hamstring curls without thinking about it too much. You'd break yourself trying it with a deadlift.
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