How to Correct Poor Technique and Master Your Perfect Skill in 4 Simple Steps

Re-patterning Visualisation: Using the ADDA Process (Associated – Disassociated – Disassociated – Associated) allows you to correct poor technique. The key is becoming masterful in perfect practise every time.

Sometimes we find ourselves confronted by a skill we have learnt either inefficiently, or inherited poor technique, or have attached undesirable emotions to it (such as an injury).

The solution is to change the neural pathway to correct the skill.

We can of course break our old blueprint for that skill and completely re-learn the skill again. If time allows, this is the ideal option as it is cleaner, more replicable and more stable.

However often the skill needs to be corrected on the run or within a short period of time. So the next best thing is Re-patterning Visualisation – or ADDA.

The basic process of this technique is to emulate both the analytical and emotional flags and neural pathways associated to a successful technique and cross platform them over to the skill requiring attention. This ‘models’ success and neurologically associates the new skill with the successful skill.

Here is the Simple 4 Step Process to Re-patterning Visualisation:

Step One: Associated

Some basic equipment is useful for this technique: a blindfold and some earplugs. With eyes and ears on (blindfold and earplugs) imagine the best performance of a skill that you ever completed. Completely immerse yourself into that precise moment and associate, look through your own eyes and see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt and acknowledge the success and rewards you received. Completely be there in that moment and really relish in all the details.

 

Step Two: Disassociated

Still with eyes and ears on (blindfold and earplugs) – put yourself in the commentary box. This time replay that successful performance as an observer, or a commentator. As you WATCH your successful performance, precisely explain to a third party exactly the skill-set you demonstrated, outline what made that performance so successful, focus on details, and teach that third party how they can replicate that successful skill.

 

Now we are going to correct
the technique of a skill
that
holds undesirable emotional baggage
or has a very poor
previously learnt technique:

 

 

Step Three: Disassociated

Take one large step forward – still with eyes and ears on (blindfold and earplugs). Think again about the skill that requires re-patterning. As an observer watch the lead up to the skill, discuss how the play is going, again focus on details and where you are and just at the point where the OLD version became the poor technique or held that emotional trigger – reinvent the outcome, continue to describe the event in detail but this time make the skill technically perfect and make it successful with a positive emotional outcome. Continue to describe the event to the third party.

 

Step Four: Associated

Replay the NEW version of the OLD skill seeing from within, completely associate to ‘that’ new event, look through your own eyes and see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt and acknowledge the success and rewards you received. Completely be there in that moment and focus on the specific details.

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