Challenge Keeps You on Top of Your Game

Do you want to improve a skill, such as how to juggle, finger the notes in a G chord, learn to drive a stick shift or speak French? The problem is most practiced physical actions hit a peak performance after a certain level of mastery. The first time you do something, you use the frontal lobes of your brain to concentrate on the required actions or movements. At some point in your learning curve, you become satisfied with what you know and your improvement stops. This is when there is a physical transition in the brain, where the neural processes associated with the skill that you are learning moves from the front lobes (front of the brain) to the cerebellum or back of the brain. At this point, to improve upon the level of performance you have achieved, you must move the skill back to the frontal lobes by challenging yourself even harder. If you want to improve your jugging skills try to keep three balls in the air with one hand instead two. Stop learning French from a book and find someone you can converse with on a daily basis. Try analyzing what it is you need to learn next. Then practice. Don’t practice occasionally, practice every day and with purpose. This is what will make you an expert at whatever you decide to do.