Over the last few years I have become quite fascinated with learning – mostly by how it occurs and how we can become more aware and intentional of the process. I believe that if we can understand how learning occurs most efficiently and effectively, we can leverage that to significantly improve our own attempts at learning.
Every week I spend several mornings training at a soccer field. I’m not training for a tryout or any particular event. In fact, I no longer play on a formal team since moving to NYC from St. Louis. I simply want to get better at the game I love. I watch the pros carefully to see what separates the best ones from the average. Yesterday, I was working on penalty kicks and my goal was to consistently hit powerful shots into either of the upper corners of the goal. The pros that have mastered this approach never get stopped because it is virtually impossible for a goalie to reach that extreme area of the goal given the proximity and velocity of the ball. If they fail to score this way, it’s not because a goalie stopped the shot but because the kicker missed the target. Continue reading