Getting it together mentally involves discovering your body's instinctive motion that your cerebellum views as 100% safe so it can shift it's intentions to precision and finesse.
Non instinctive motion ALWAYS gets modified into 100% balance and spine safety DURING THE SWING! These non-conscious postural adjustments made during the swing are the source of mediocre accuracy which leads to tension and self-doubt. Your body and brain are simply on different pages.
Conscious techniques use inappropriate processes of the brain for perception-movement action, and using these processes instead of the instinctive and non-conscious processes both causes harm and depletes available resources needed for effective action. The conscious brain does little to facilitate perception and has even less to do with effective motion. The cerebellum, which controls all movement, is not part of the human conscious experience in the cortex of the cerebrum proper. Instead, the cerebellum is just another organ of biological tissue structured and arranged to perform it's normal function, the same as a kidney or a liver. Because of this, the "instinct"for movement is first and foremost a NON-conscious functioning of an organ of the body, and movement is only derivatively "known" in the conscious mind as a result of NON-conscious functioning. As a matter of survival value, it is much more effective to have movement committed to non-conscious processes, not so much because these processes are "automatic" in some robotics or machinery sense, but because the conscious brain has so many other fish to fry that it controls movement only poorly and inefficiently. The more an animal has a conscious experience (cognition, language, memory), the more important it becomes to isolate the movement processes from these brain processes. For this reason, in the evolution of the human cerebellum, the cerebellum and it's essential timing and movement functions have been removed from the cerebrum and located outside the conscious pathways at the base of the skull and top of the spinal cord. - Geoff Mangum
Mechanics of Instinct
There is no mental game. There is no muscle memory. You have one body and one brain.
Deal with it. - Geoff Mangum
Instinctive motion requires no non-conscious postural adjustments for balance and spine safety DURING THE SWING, allowing the cerebellum to switch intentions from safety to precision and finesse.
Out of clutter, find simplicity. -Albert Einstein
The cerebellum is first and foremost a non-conscious organ, just like your heart and liver, and it can never be overridden as it performs it's job of keeping our bodies safe. With meticulous precision it employs a 100% pass/fail system as it continuously monitors and modifies all movement for body safety.
All cerebrally planned motion judged to be unsafe by the cerebellum will be modified into complete balance and spine safety with non-conscious postural adjustments made DURING THE MOTION. All cerebrally planned motion judged to be instinctively safe will be modified for precision and finesse, responsive to the shifting body in space or target in the world.
SCENARIO I: SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS
The cerebellum (red) recognizes unsafe motion within the intentions planned by the cerebrum (blue). This less than 100% instinctive motion is modified into complete balance and spine safety with non-conscious postural adjustments made during theswing! YOUR CONSCIOUS INTENTIONS ARE RELEGATED TO SECONDARY IMPORTANCE AS THE CEREBELLUM ALWAYS PRIORITIZES SAFETY FIRST. YOUR INTENSIONS PLANNED CONSCIOUSLY AND YOUR ACTIONS CONTROLLED NON-CONSCIOUSLY ARE SIMPLY NOT ON THE SAME PAGE. This "static" between the body and the brain is the source of mediocre precision which always leads to tension and self doubt. Non-conscious postural adjustments made during the swing make precision and finesse impossible. THIS IS THE SCENARIO THAT ALWAYS PREVENTS TRUST IN THYSELF.
SCENARIO II: FOCUS ON PRECISION AND FINESSE
The cerebellum (red) recognizes perfectly adaptive, 100% body- safe, instinctive motion within the intentions planned by the cerebrum (blue). This motion requires no non-conscious postural adjustments for balance and spine safety made during the swing! THE CEREBELLUM IS SATISFIED WITH SAFETY AND SHIFTS INTENTIONS TO PRECISION AND FINESSE. YOUR INTENTIONS PLANNED CONSCIOUSLY AND YOUR ACTIONS CONTROLLED NON-CONSCIOUSLY ARE ON THE SAME PAGE. THE RESULT IS ACCURATE, TENSION FREE PERFORMANCE AT YOUR FULL POTENTIAL WHICH LEADS TO EVERYDAY TRUST IN THYSELF. This thought free peak efficiency is the the same body-brain synergy we experience while walking. Relaxed concentration, which leads to peak performance during competition, is only possible when the body and brain are on the same page and no non-conscious postural adjustments for balance and spine safety are being performed DURING THE SWING! In other words, peak performance occurs when the cerebellum is focused on precision and finesse first and foremost, because the motion planned in the cerebrum has already passed all the cerebellum's tests for balance, rhythm and spine safety.