Theme: Becoming more skilled
I want to talk to you about your Brain. Specifically about the white gooey stuff inside of it. Stuff called Myelin.
See, you are reading this email because you want to be better. The good news is that it is in your reach. The bad news, if you want to call it that, is that you have to work for it.
When you spend time perfecting your skills, Myelination occurs. Huh? This is important so listen up.
As you do certain actions, the neurons in your brain start linking up. Signals then fire through this chain of neurons. Repetition prompts myelin to Wrap these connections in order to make the signal stronger, more accurate, and faster.
Think of it as insulation for your brain a.k.a Myelination.
Everything you do is a skill. Walking. Lifting a cup. Typing words on to a screen.
Every skill will to so some degree allow for myelination to occur.
There are ways to speed up myelination, which we will be discussing in the days to come. The advantage of this is obvious. Quicker mastery of any skill you are trying to learn.
But be warned. (Cue Jaws music)
Myelination has no feelings. It will wrap and strengthen any action. It does not differentiate between good and bad. It will merely optimise what you do.
Why do you think it is so hard to unlearn bad form and technique?
Myelin wraps and does not unwrap. Except in certain diseases.
Actions in your daily life are literally hardwired in to your brain. Seeing the seriousness of this yet?
In the coming days we will be deconstructing talent, practice, and skill.
“Although talent feels and looks predestined, in fact we have a good deal of control over what skills we develop, and we have more potential than we might ever presume to guess.” – Daniel Coyle
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