I quite like this article because it explains some of the points behind performance and motivational thinking. It’s not the most dynamic title and one may think that cell assembly has nothing to do with why you are not performing, as you should.
It briefly highlights how routines become engrained, so that they develop an automatic action.
How does Mark Knopfler the guitarist from Dire Straits play as well as he does? How does a talented secretary type as fast as they do? How does Jessica Ennis-Hill consistently perform to a world class standard?
It all has to do with how your brain thinks and works. It develops pathways, like a well-trodden pathway through a field of corn, a neural pathway. Why would you try and force your way through and try to make a new pathway? One reason is because the brain likes ‘the same’. The same is easy for the brain and it wants us to take the easy route, because it means a lot less work. Mark Knopfler rehearsed chords and riffs for countless hours so that without thinking he can play intricate pieces of music with ease. The secretary who can type over 130 words per minute certainly does not consciously think about where they place their fingers, and Jessica Ennis-Hill settles into her routine and runs it until an event is complete, to a gold medal standard.
All of the above have a commonality. They do what they do with unconscious competence. They have made a neural pathway, and the reason that it is routine is because of the countless hours they practice their skill.
You see, unconscious competence is what it really is all about. The way you shower, dress and when you brush your teeth all have a commonality. The brain does it a certain way. Try brushing your teeth with the opposing hand and you will see exactly what I mean.
Another point raised was limiting beliefs, or self-limiting beliefs. These can damage your motivation and performance in many ways. When that happens you consistently ask yourself ‘what is wrong with me’? That pattern spirals and affects you on a number of levels. Psychologists want to know ‘how’ you arrived at this point. The thing is, often you do not know why, how or when it actually started. Without the right question and answer technique to drill down as to exactly why this happened, any fix will be a temporary fix, and any euphoria at having ‘fixed’ the problem is short lived, further exacerbating your problem, driving your performance in a direction where you do not want it to go.