I’ve been a reader and a follower of Cracking the Code for years but finally, I decided to sign up and talk about something that’s been in my mind for a while, so I have finally decided to write about this. As a short introduction, I have always struggled with picking technique, and after almost 3 years without playing at all, I bought a guitar and have set up a routine to tackle it, and I’m getting good results so far. However, I feel like I’m hitting a wall. But I want to go deeper this time, as I’ve found this wall in other situations in my life as well as in other people.
I keep a practice journal and a spreadsheet with my routine. I try to keep 20 minutes of max. focus every day. However, when I play less days a week my higher limit is pushed down again. And sometimes, after some days without playing it goes to where it was before. As I said before I’ve experienced weird situations in my life which I can’t find an explanation either and I think everything is related.
A year ago, I decided to learn and understand better how to play pool (billiards). I learnt how to play with strategy, how to hit the ball, etc… I could play hours and hours with friends. But here’s the paradox. After training again and again, there were days where it was almost impossible to put the ball in the hole. And then after weeks without playing, I was unstoppable. This is what happened a week ago actually.
Learning English. As you may have noticed, my mother tongue is not English but Spanish. I moved to England almost three years ago and speak English every day. Some days I speak more fluently than others. My level is high, but very specific days I could get stuck in a phrase because I can’t find the right word. And the same with the accent. It’s something that keeps fluctuating but never reaches a new level.
Ok, here’s a weird one but I put it into the same equation. There’s a fighting video game that I’ve been playing for years. I know most of the moves with some characters. Same as described above. Especially when you play with someone that doesn’t even know how to play and you find yourself struggling (or even defeated!).
So my question is, is there a physical true-body barrier that prevents from learning further? Or is it set up somewhere deep in our subconscious mind? I read some psychology books and already knew about the learning process and the cleaver approach to focused practice, as explained by Dr. Noa Kageyama, but I haven’t found a clear answer to this issue. What do you guys think?
I’m not sure if this actually goes in this category, so admins feel free to move it! Cheers!