Daniel Coyle is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist who wrote the book The Talent Code.
Coyle shares some key ideas that are beneficial to athletes who want to excel in the sport they are passionate. Coaches can also use this information to improve practices. He begins the book by explaining that myelin is a "microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to physical movements and thoughts."
"Young children process information slowly because their brain cells lack the myelin necessary for fast, clear nerve impulse transmission," which means that myelin continues to grow and develop as people grow and develop. That means the potential for talent lies in everyone. Coyle explains that people working in a certain way helps myelin to grow.
Coyle explains that people can use Deep Practice to succeed. He believes that this type of practice can increase a skill much faster than a conventional practice. Coyle believes that practicing this way is improving the wiring of the brain. In addition to Deep Practice, people must be motivated and passionate about their skill in order to fuel the practice.
Some Examples of Deep Practice
- Choose a certain amount of perfect reps to do before stopping rather than practicing for a set amount of time.
- Choose the performance you want to master. Break the performance down into small pieces and practice those parts accurately. Once all the pieces are mastered, put them together.
- Practicing slowly in order to identify errors to correct them before performing at a fast speed.