When you’re trying to learn something new or excel at something you’re familiar with, there’s a predictable process that we all default to. First, we’ll track down or listen to a set of instructions, then we’ll set goals to achieve them, then we’ll just sort of have at it. We’ll fail or fall short of expectations and get frustrated. Then we’ll either put our heads down and keep at it – and keep failing or succeeding by brute force or give up saying we’re not “talented” enough.
Every bit of research into learning & performance has shown that that is the wrong way all around. Timothy Gallwey was on the leading edge in the 1970s on the shift in academic understanding about learning and performance. He actually quit academia to apply coaching principles as a tennis coach. Here’s an amazing video showing him introducing a better way of learning to his students. [Read more...]