Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

19 Dec

rayallen_display_image[1]When faced with a goal-oriented task — such as finishing a race, making a free throw, or laying down a bunt — where should you direct your focus?

There are basically two ways to approach this question:

  1. Focus on your technique, form, and or mechanics; or
  2. Focus on the finish, or desired outcome.

Recent research indicates that the answer is… the latter.  You’re more likely to achieve success if you focus on the finish rather than on your performance.  Focusing on each step of the process only slows you down, since your brain can’t react as quickly as your muscles can, according to the study author.

Sport-specific skill(s) practice is important.  You’ve got to perfect your technique when learning any new skill.  As the saying goes, “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”  Once you have command of your technique, re-direct your focus on your goal or desired outcome — crossing the finish line, sinking the free throw, or getting that bunt down.


Your thoughts?


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