Why Experts Fail

Why Experts Fail



To learn any skill you first must learn the basics, once mastered, the basics of any skill becomes an unconscious process, you complete this part of task without having to think.


Without having to focus on the basics, you can now focus on turning your basic skill level into an expertise. To become an expert in any skill takes repetitious practice, and again, this expertise becomes second nature and before long you change your focus to “mastery” being an outstanding athlete in your particular skill.


With all this learning, repetitious practice, knowledge and expertise why do experts fail? Athletes get paid often, millions of pounds, so why does a footballer miss a shot on goal, how does a pro-golfer hit the ball into the decorative pond and why do any experts in any sector lose their A-Game?



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The Learning Cycle


Lets go back to the beginning. When you learn a new skill, kicking a football in the net, putting a golf ball or dunking a basketball, you first make lots of mistakes; you miss kick the ball, the golf club drops out of your hands or the basketball dips under the hoop.


With each mistake and with each success your brain makes a comparison; this way worked, this way didn’t. With a little repetition you start to succeed. When learning a new skill you think about all the elements required for success; the stride of your foot as you step towards the football, how you turn your hips and body when you swing the golf club or how you balance the ball on your hand before you flip it towards the loop.


You even focus on your stance, the way you breath, your positive visualisation, you start to think about all the small tweaks and steps you take to become unconsciously competent at this task.


At some point all of these individual steps you need to take; your stance, breathing, focus, how you turn your body, the required distance to take the shot, happens without you having to consciously focus on it.



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Taking It To The Next Level

The same learning process repeats itself for each step up the expert ladder.


Rather then focusing on learning a particular skill, your focus becomes improving that skill, becoming an expert.


Again you consciously learn what you do when you kick the football in a particular part of the net, what you are doing when you get a hole in one or how you throw the ball for a slam-dunk


This focus and from learning from each mistake allows your mind to create nero-network for success – you become unconsciously competent at being an expert; you get a hole in one each time without having to think about all the small little tweaks that you have mastered and learnt over thousands of hours of practice


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“He is Paid £500,000 a Week, He Shouldn’t Mess Up”


My friends are very passionate football fans, when a favourite player misses a penalty, in unison they shout “how can a player paid X amount per week miss a shot?”


If we practice a skill until we become unconsciously competent at it, until our subconscious brain creates automatic reactions to carry out the process, until we can act without thinking and get the desired outcome, why do experts fail?


In pressured situations we create self-doubt. When you’re an expert and that little self-doubt devil in your head is questioning you “are you sure you will score the goal?” “Do you think you could miss a hole in one?” or “is your wrist feeling a little limp today?” your anxiety will increase


When this happens you don’t allow your subconscious mind to carry out the pre-learnt steps required for success. By blocking this automatic process, by stopping our success habits and by worrying about not thinking, triggers your conscious mind to take charge.


The golfer will start to think about their body posture and hand grip, the basketball player conscious questions his speed  down the court and required force to flip the ball and the footballer focuses on the angle of his foot as he kicks the ball.


You start to think about the steps you thought about when your originally learnt that skill.  This focus takes you away from focusing on how you are an expert, champion and master of this skill. With the wrong focus your state changes and with a negative state you have a negative outcome


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