A few years ago now (about 5) – I wrote a series of instructional articles inspired by Dan Coyle’s “The Little Book of Talent, 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills”.
At the time – these articles got GREAT REVIEWS!!
And guess what – we still use these Improving Your Skills methods in our schools, camps and all our instruction….
So, I figured it is about time to bring these instructional articles back – whether reading for the first time, or seeing again – great winter training information.
The more Todd and I teach, the more we realize it is more about getting adults to make changes vs. teaching fundamentals.
To be honest, the fundamentals of Moe’s single plane swing really aren’t that difficult (if you compare to many other methods)… the difficult part is getting adults/students to make changes.
As we have discussed many times, it is not about breaking habits (that is impossible), but rather about creating new habits.
Over the past years, we have worked and worked and worked with 1,000s of students and we have worked and worked and worked on what is the best way for adults to create new habits.
A couple of years ago, we came across a book called “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle. If you have been reading our past newsletters or watched our webinars in the past, I am sure you have heard us reference this book many times. In fact, we had Mr. Coyle as a guest lecturer and instructor during one of our past webinars. The Talent Code is about how to create new habits through deep practice – everyone knowing that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to 10 times faster than conventional practice. It also discusses ignition – motivation to get started and master coaching – virtues that enable coaches to fuel passion, inspire deep practice and bring out the best in their students. A great read I would recommend to everyone.
This past year, Mr. Coyle published a new book inspired by the original Talent Code called “The Little Book of Talent, 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills”.
It is described as a manual for building a faster brain and a better you. It is an easy-to-use hand book of scientifically proven, field tested methods to improve your skills – your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills – in sports, music, art, math and business. The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives. Whether you are 10 or 100, this is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?”
(The book is available at Amazon.com)
What I want to do in upcoming instructional e-tips is go through these tips for improving your skills and directly relate them to you creating new habits and learning the single plane swing fundamentals.
Tip # 1 Stare At Who You Want to Become
Use this as an “energy source” for your brain. Use pictures or, better, videos. Watch videos of who you want to emulate (Moe), watch them before you practice, watch them at night before you go to bed, watch them anytime to imprint a vision of what you want to do.
A great place to see videos of Moe is on our single plane academy at: singleplaneacademy.com Go to the home page and and you will see Moe vs. Pros Section. You will also see exclusive content which includes numerous hours of Moe’s Clinics. You will see videos and still pictures of Moe performing demos, etc.
Tip # 2 Spend Fifteen Minutes A Day Engraving The Skill On Your Brain
Watch the skill being performed, closely and with great intensity, over and over, until you build a “high-definition” mental blueprint or “engrave” in on your brain. The key to effective engraving is to create an intense connection: to watch and listen so closely that you can imagine the feeling of performing the skill. Project yourself inside the performer’s body… Become aware of the movement, the rhythm; try to “feel” the interior shape of the moves.
Again, would suggest watching the Moe and Todd videos. You can also search a few we have put on YouTube. As Mr. Coyle stated, spend 15 minutes doing this – this about all the time we can focus intently on something. too much we lose focus and will “wonder” back into our old habits… Picture yourself swinging like Moe, think what it would and should feel like, watch his timing and rhythm….
Tip #3 Steal Without Apology
We are often told that talented people acquire their skill by following their “natural instincts”. This sounds nice, but in fact it is baloney. All improvement is about absorbing and applying new information, and the best source of information is top performers. So steal it.
We have done this for you. Obviously we are “stealing” Moe’s swing. We have done the research for you, we have the “stealing” for you. Study this material and start to put into action. The best start is to view our Single Plane Solution DVD. It is the absolute best place to start learning Moe’s fundamentals.
Tip #4 Buy A Notebook
Top performers keep some form of daily performance journal. What matters is not the precise form. What matters is that you write stuff down and reflect on it. Results from today, ideas for tomorrow, goals for next week, etc. A notebook works like a map: It creates clarity.
Again, these are tips from The Little Book of Talent – 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills.
This is just a start – we will be reviewing many more tips for improvement and relate them to how you can create new habits / learn Moe’s single plane swing.
Following these tips are designed to help you get started, improve your skills / swing, and then help you sustain progress.