The level of our performance and its refinement comes down to the volume of sensory information we can process in any one moment. Any disruption in perception, regardless of cause, will always result in a decline in performance. It’s really very simple, if you can increase the volume of sensory loading you can deal with in any moment, whilst remaining aware, calm, attentive, open and allowing, then performance will improve relative to this. There are two aspects required to do this:
In working at these subtle levels, the role of coach, trainer or specialist is to keep us on track, assisting us to be aware of our blind spots, when we are avoiding something, when we can change or improve upon something, and providing the means of addressing these things as they arise. However, I work with a lot of people, who have are attempting to manage, control, contain or avoid their experiences and it is obvious that this doesn't work for them. It may have worked in the beginning but, ultimately, it is the same as blocking up the safety release valve on a gas tank; the pressure is only going to keep on building until it makes itself known in no uncertain terms, usually disrupting our performance at the very moment we don’t want this to happen.
While the core of our performance may reside within our perceptual performance, our psychological and emotional status has the greatest capacity to disrupt it all, before anything else ever does and it becomes incredibly important to understand how the dynamic of our humanness is actually formed, so we can address these issues at their inception.
I am acutely aware that diminished physical performance often occurs, because we are attempting to bypass the consequence of a psychological or emotional pattern held in the body. These patterns result in contractions and constrictions, meaning the full physical capacity cannot be accessed or utilised. It also means that injuries are far more
likely to occur in these areas. I’ve seen the consequences of clients attempting to avoid their inner states in most areas of life. Those that do the best in improving upon performance are the ones who can become as a Zen Master. Awareness is the key; become aware of what you are doing and how, and what is disrupting performance
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Natoya Rose is an Occupational Therapist and developer of the clinically based programs, used to refine visual perceptual performance
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