Our minds have a finite capacity for focus, often leading to burnout when pushed beyond limits.
This phenomenon manifests as feelings of overwhelm and stress. In the following video, Mark Congdon explores the concept of deliberate practice as a potent tool to combat these sentiments, ultimately propelling you towards achieving your life goals.
Deliberate practice entails wholeheartedly dedicating oneself to honing a skill for self-improvement.
Studies have revealed that the brain can efficiently process seven pieces of data at a time.
However, during deliberate practice, you’re striving to fit eight, maybe nine elements into these slots. This is what can result in the sensation of difficulty and stress.
Yet, as you master the skill, you’re essentially merging two pieces into one. This process is actually connecting neurons in your brain together. Now, the same volume of information can occupy a smaller mental space, leading to a sense of accomplishment.
Understanding the Challenge
Acquiring a new skill can seem particularly daunting when stress related to your endeavor is looming. This stress consumes too much cognitive bandwidth, hindering self-improvement.
That is why many individuals attempt deliberate practice, but fall short of true success because stress permeates their efforts.
However, once you achieve your deliberate practice and shift your focus to what’s next, you open the door for cortisol to seep in, breeding thoughts of self-doubt.
One effective solution lies in wholeheartedly adopting the “I GOT This framework”. This framework teaches you how to effectively replace the goal achieved through deliberate practice, with a subsequent one, aligning with an unchanging ideal.
This constant pursuit of deliberate purpose for goal achievement maintains unwavering focus, ushering in a state of flow. As this cycle continues, it may sound like a path to burnout. But when executed correctly, it is the antidote to burnout. The chemicals released during flow states alleviate the stress that is endured during deliberate practice.
Goal Achievment Let-Down
Someone who attains a significant goal, and then doubts their worthiness, likely experiences this due to overly extended gaps between goals. So, the more you compress your objectives, the less room cortisol has to disrupt the pattern.
That is why we say it is not about the goal achiement itself, but the journey in where you find your joy.