Develop Skill Through Deliberate Practice

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on May 5, 2020

In the past when you have been shooting well nothing matters and everything is quiet between your ears but how does this not thinking occur? When you are shooting well it’s as if the brain already knows what needs to be done to hit the targets and it just happens without thought but how does this no thought situation really occur? In his book “Peak” Anders Erickson explains how the brain sees skill as a pattern of sequential events based on how many times you have fired the sequence with intent and and a plan and all skill is stored in your long-term memory. 

 As you develop a skill through deliberate practice you through repetition repeat the component parts of the skill enough times so that the brain chunks together all of the parts in the sequence and it eventually turns into a Mental Representation. At that point the brain can reproduce all parts sequentially without thought in a consistent manner and the brain then looks at all the parts coming together as one thing. So let’s say that each chunk of the skill took 5 seconds to perform and there were a total of 10 chunks/parts in the skill. Then the total amount of time it takes for the brain to fire the skill circuit would be 50 seconds. Eventually, again through repetition, as your brain begins the sequence it recognizes the sequence after the first few chunks and just takes over and the sequence just happens “without you thinking about it”!

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