Here’s how it happens, and how you can deal with it. Our brains are structured so that when we have practiced something really well, we no longer need to think about it. Our subconscious processing systems are at work. But when we slow down to focus on our automatic actions, we screw up the processes, and tie ourselves in knots. Jordan Spieth choked on the 12th hole at Augusta, not when he hit his first ball into the creek, but when he hit his second. Psychologist Sian L. Beilock of the University of Chicago says well-meaning experts often encourage performers to take their time-slow down, think things over-but the evidence suggests that it’s actually better just to get on with things.
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