Speed Learning Framework & Tools
The speed learning framework is insanely simple, that is also where most of its beauty lies, because it's simple people will often discredit and not fully integrate what seems simple.
The point of all of this really is to get you into a state of FLOW which in that state you can learn faster, in fact everything about us is emphasized it seems in FLOW state. Check out the blog to learn more about FLOW.
FLOW in short is that “in the zone” feeling you get where the background sort of disappears, inner dialog starts to dim into the background and this sort of effortless action takes over.
There are 3 pieces that I am going to give you and then a pre and post process to whatever task or skill you’re applying this too.
The 3 big pieces are the following…
- Breathing Piece
- Vision Piece
- Mental Piece
Breathing Piece- the breathing piece stems from old Buddhism meditation practice but is widely used just about everywhere now. The Navy Seals use it during Seal Fit as the first thing a navy seal MUST know is how to handle high pressure situations like gunfire and battle, this is an insanely stressful thing to go through and is very traumatic, breathing can help you navigate through.
Next there is Wim Holf ( I think I totally goof up his name 90% of the time I reference him), known as the “Ice Man” who holds records with holding his breath and with withstanding really cold temperatures.
He sells a breathing course believe it or not and if you really want to get into breathing deeply from your stomach, using more of your lungs and building up lung strength then I suggest to pick it up, think its pretty cheap.
Enough of that, I want to give you a breathing process you can use in any situation but for speed learning it's insanely effective. I have to warn you, this does take a bit of getting used to…
Breath in deep, try to picture pulling in air from your stomach and pull from as low as you can, almost from your belly button. When you breath in hold it at the top of the breath for a 5 count, then breath out slowly, hold 5 count again once you have pushed out ALL possible air from that breath.
Continue this for 5-10 breath cycles, you will notice 2 things happening. For starters, you’re insanely present, you’re also more calm, like nothing really strikes you as a big deal.
This is your “instant fix” when you notice yourself getting worked up, nervous, or just out of rhythm with the skill at hand.
Vision Peice- This is again another super simple trick we are going to borrow from the public speaking world and slap on learning. Here is the crazy thing, very few people know…
Fight or Flight is triggered by the Amygdala and is associated with what's called our “Lizard Brain”, the old part of the human brain. It's so default and automatic that most of the time we have no idea we are playing out a script.
In high pressure situations, extreme sports or anything really that we deem a “Big deal” we naturally turn this on, and the more it's kicked on the deeper we go into holy crap land where we perform horribly and 2nd guess ourselves right and left.
Now imagine if there was a way to shut that off completely, well that is where vision comes in. Don’t ask me how or when but at some point someone realized that if you turn on your peripheral vision that those fearful triggers go away.
Apparently that pesky Amygdala and the Hypothalamus for that matter both are disengaged when you try to open up the width of your vision and see the whole room.
I used to use this for public speaking and speaking on camera, a few people from the DJE 2016 event (a well known Youtuber) being one of them, echoed this by giving me first hand story and insight of how they use this same trick.
Mental Piece- Well this is the last piece here in this list but far from the last trick I have for you to pick up skills at rapid pace. The mental piece is a visualization process that you start to create for yourself and use during different points of your training sessions and for your pre-shot routine and post- followup.
Some people don’t know this but we associate things with mental pictures, and colors, and feelings, heck even sounds. Each of these pieces are stored in different areas of the brain and all they all play a big part in our memories. Now here are a few funny things about these memories and mental movies let's call them.
The brain and body itself, cannot tell the difference between “real” and fake mental movies, meaning if I made something up (you know used my imagination) and replayed it enough times in my mind, it would be as if I actually did it in real life, regardless if I did or not.
The same chemical cocktails, endorphins and good stuff is being released during a faked experience as a real one.
Now, first question I get here is prove it!
The beauty of our current technologically driven world is we have tons of proof all around us, double blind tests, medical journals all just pouring with rich data proving that we can make up mental stuff in our minds and feel as though its real.
The first guy to really run with this was Maxwell Maltz who was a HUGE reconstructive surgeon in NY back in the 50,60s I think- anyway I have brought him up on the blog several times and will talk about him at length in the future.
In his book, the New Psycho-Cybernetics he brings up an Olympic athlete story where they tested out 3 groups, 1st group worked out, 2nd did nothing, 3rd worked out only in their mind for the same length of time as group 1. Turns out those who made it all up in their head were only 3% less (results wise) than the group who actually worked out.
Dr. Malz also brings up sports greats like Phil Mickelson and Michael Jordan and how they were nuts about their mentalization techniques. Tiger woods worked with 3 coaches in his prime and use visualization as well before every single shot.
Why not apply this to your driving?
When I was riding the train in Tokyo with pro drift car driver James Abbot he started to allude to his process before driving, funny thing is most guys don’t even know they have a process, but the more I keep talking about all this “woo-woo” stuff the more James has been listening.
See he never knew there was a name for most of what he does, he just has always done it and now it's automatic.
That is what I want for all of you reading this, to create automatic behavior around drifting or whatever skillset so that you learn it quicker and have uber high levels of confidence.
Most people just never really thought that they can change their mood or emotional state using simple tools like old memories and experiences.
If you’re ever starting to notice your attitude tank during training, you can use this powerful tool to change your emotional state.
I want to share with you the pre-shot routine now, which is a simple 3 step process to use every time you get into the driver's seat, just before you start driving. Again apply this to any skillset and watch your skillset improve immediately.
All great athletes use this before they take a shot or swing or really make any move!
- Relax, take a few deep breaths and be with yourself for a minute
- Picture your run going perfectly, hitting all clipping points
- Distract yourself and think of anything else other than that (could be anything from what you’re doing after driving, what's for dinner, just something simple and unrelated), be sure not to let yourself pull you back into thinking about that run.
- Now, go do it!
This is a NLP technique I learned years ago and its incredibly powerful to apply to anything you want to master, you just rehearse it going perfectly your way, distract yourself so you don’t overthink it and then just go do it.
Post Training Process
After you have gone through your run, laps or whatever it is you’re doing for practice and training, you want to use a semi-critical but unbiased eye on what just happened.
All we are looking for here are facts, leave the opinions and negative self talk at the door.
What did you do right?
What do you want to improve on?
Understand everything else you add to the facts are just opinion, and trust me it's easy to beat yourself up, get down on yourself and attempt to predict the future based on 1 lap.
This is where some deeper talking with James Abbott can lend a hand in example here….
He talked about how if he has a “shit run” he rolls back to the starting line laughing, thinking “what the fuck was that!” (his words not mine) and then simply uses the same pre-game process again on the next lap often saying and I quote “well good to see I got that out of my system”
There are 0 additional thoughts like... “will I screw up the next lap”, “the whole night is ruined”, “I am finished” etc.
He drops it right then and there and just gets lined up for the next lap. So the analysis or post lap process needs to be quick, clean and hold 0 guilt or shaming with it.
This lap is this lap, and the next one is the next one, if you let that shape your whole night then it will.
This last part is just a bonus quick fix solution to shift out of a negative thought loop back into a good one.
The highlight reel is simple and can be a collection of memories you have from the skillset itself or just any great highlights from your life. Replay them in your mind, be sure to let all the colors, sounds and details of the memories flood your mind as you walk back through those experiences.
The purpose is simply to change your mental state and help get you into FLOW, often called a highlight reel of all the magic moments from your life, the last few years-whatever works for you really.
Now, dive into these memories before you drive, before you do the training for your skillset and watch your mental state shift into a better place.
- Speed Learning Framework
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