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Deep Practice

Last time, I talked about ignition and what I felt it meant. The one thing I know for sure is that you have to constantly stay ignited if you want to improve and that takes the proper motivations.

Maybe it's time to set some serious goals ala Greg Jones and the Definite Major Purpose from his Zero to Hero videos and it doesn't matter if you use the Napoleon Hill method, Tony Robbins, or any other self help guru that's out there as long as your goals are realistic and achievable. I myself have a DMP of Living a Better Life as my ultimate goal, but underneath that, I have several DMPs that I need to achieve for my ultimate goal. I know that goal setting isn't a part of my talking about the Talent Code, but it's an integral and important part of being a success. And speaking of the Talent Code, I understand a lot more now about Myelin and Ignition, but what about "Deep Practice?"

To me, Deep Practice could be done in many ways. In a former life, I was taught Mandarin Chinese over a short period of time and only at a level to give me enough of it to use as the Air Force desired. Basically a crash course in Chinese that was pretty much useless for anything but my AF job. Then years later I was sent back and taught Vietnamese. This time however, the training was more intense and the learning was broken down into clusters of information that were used in many different scenarios and in a manner that gave me a level of fluency to speak, understand, and translate at a superior level. I haven't actually used Vietnames in about 12 years, but because of the deep practice that went into training me, you could drop me in the middle of Vietnam with or without a dictionary and I'd have no problem communicating.

Then there's golf... before I had a serious back injury, I played (7 handicap) and also taught kids to play when I lived in Japan. If you watch golfers out on the range, you'll see many of them just hitting balls, and more often than not, you'll be ducking out of their way. But then there is the golfer or two, who seem to be breaking the swing down into it's basic elements, or clusters... the slow take away to get the feel, then up in an L shape, the turn and burn to finish the back swing and they will repeatedly do that until it feels right and they know they are on plane. Then they reverse the backswing, drop into the slot, get into impact and they go to the follow through and finish positions. Then you will see them do the entire proces from start to finish... What happens then is pure magic... They will start striping balls down the range, slowly at first, and then picking up their tempo until each shot moves exactly how they want it to. What do they then? Well, the good players will go home and relax and then play another day... you see, they were in a mode of deep practice for the full swing. The repeat similiar actions with the short game, sand game, and putting. Then on the days they want to play... they'll do a short version of the practice, until they reach about 75 to 80 percent of their speed... then they will go out and it's pure magic.

I'm trying to figure out different ways that I can use the theory of deep practice in poker and there are a few things that I do from going over my HH and analyzing it from different points of view, to playing a single table and recording my thought process so that I can go over it later.

But the thing about deep practice is that you will get the most out of it with proper guidance, so I guess that's where they talk about Master Coaching in the Talent Code.

Punky out

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  1. nice post!
    about goals….i like what one ‘self help guru’ as u call them said about goals…
    you said ‘it doesn’t matter….as long as your goals are realistic and achievable’.
    someone mentioned something very similar and guru responds:
    ‘definition of realistic: what you are willing to believe is possible.
    anything realistic is obviously achievable then, because anything you wholeheartedly believe is not only possible but inevitable.’

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