Originally Posted by TheRusty
That's like how many skiing improved enough to pass L3. I cycled my turn thoughts as I constantly fixed some things and broke others. Although I kept returning back to find the same old things broken again, every cycle through the list I managed to add something new and every cycle included a "think nothing" phase. Eventually there were enough new thoughts to "get me there", After my level 3, I went through 3 seasons of "think nothing" phase that corresponded to a blank slate equivalent of "now you;re ready to learn to ski". Strangely enough that did kick my skiing up another level (at least according to Hoser). With my move to teaching out West and being able to ski full time, the focus now is on visualizing the next level of performance.
This my third season of golfing full time. I change my swing thoughts every week. I've made improvements, but I've yet to come close to feeling like I own a technique for more than a couple days.
Arrrrrg - pirate golf!
For me, I create and modify a list (far too long, often) of things I want to incorporate into my skiing. In the past I would choose a number of those things on the list and try to keep a single focus for a run or two, then do the same for the second thing on the list, and on through the day. But what I found is that I'm good if I'm still thinking about that single focus when I get to the bottom of the run. Our mountain is crowded; there's too much stimulation and I get side-tracked easily, and sometimes don't realize I've forgotten that I was going to focus on this thing for this run. Maintaining any focus is therefore issue #1, for me.
Issue #2 is keeping the mind on that one focus. I've found that having two or three in mind is better; cycling through them for a run or two, maybe alternating back and forth with every three turns, means my mind to do what it insists on doing (leave the current focus) while there's still control of where it goes next. Counting turns (1,2,3 - change focus, 1,2,3, - change focus) is very helpful.
Reviewing in writing how that went at the end of the day is very very good; it means there's a record of what's getting worked on. Mindless skiing doesn't need to be planned, because it happens on its own so often. Attention Deficit and all that.
I've found there are several measures of progress. #1- Being able to keep control of the focus pretty much all the time is a success. #2 - After a while I can "bundle" two alternating focuses together and call them one because the start happening together with all that practice. They can be conceived of as one unit now; this is a big success because.... #3 .... once that happens, I name the new focus something easy to remember, and alternate that with something else that's been hanging out on the list but not attended to. Eventually the singles get bundled together in groups, and the alternations of bundled things end up covering more territory.
Fatigue doesn't manifest itself physically for me. But when my mind wanders repeatedly now, that's a pretty reliable indicator of time to quit.
Some days I choose to do a vague focus all day long, something holistic like "ski it easy, move with grace, be one with the mountain," a pleasant version of mindlessness. It's good to check in every now and then on these days, to bring the mental surveillance cameras online, check the monitors to see if the things I've been focusing on over the last few weeks are in play. It's a "pop test." If yes, then time for fireworks, and a celebration later. Stuff's getting embedded!
Epiphanies are something different. They are the sudden realizations that come in the midst of doing something in a new way, then mentally comparing it to the old way. Shazaaam!!! Sudden realization floods in about the relationship of the new to the old, how the former is so much better than the latter. The new way often happens during one of those mindless times when there is no program directing what's going on. So mindlessness and focus are both necessary.
But then I don't play golf.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 10/11/16 at 3:31pm