The Science behind Layering!
Layering is a term I use with clients that help them to create a stronger connection to their satisfactory performances and more of a learning/growth mindset with their unsatisfactory performances. One of the greatest benefits to layering is it helps accelerate specific elements in performance to become a dominant pattern. The layering process acts similar to insulating an electrical wire, helping the current within flow faster and more efficiently. The Neuron's in our mind are very similar to an electrical wire, Neuron's being a specialised nerve cell that receives, processes, and transmits information to other cells in the body. The more we can layer a performance, the faster and more efficiently that specific information can be built and created as a dominant pattern.
The layering process can consist of a verbal layer, physical layer or emotional layer, or if you want to really embed that performance in your subconscious mind, you can layer all three!
A verbal layer is when you specifically describe to yourself what happened during that performance that you executed well, for example "I felt I had a sharp focus on my target and really let go during that performance".
A physical layer is when you rehearse what you felt you executed really well in the previous performance, for example if you are a basketballer shooting a free throw, you felt you had a really soft/high release of your shooting hand during performance, you will rehearse that soft/high release a few times while attaching how great that felt during performance.
An emotional layer is when you attach an emotional state to your performance, for example focusing on feeling Confident, Happy, Proud, Grateful or any other emotional state that you feels help you to perform well.
For all unsatisfactory performances, the main focus point is to layer specifically what you want to do next time, whether that is a physical element, technical element or mental element. You can use the 3 elements of layering (Verbal, Physical, Emotional) to help your mind create a strong connection to what you want to do next time, helping you to eliminate getting too caught up with what you did wrong in your last performance.
If you can begin implementing the layering process into both your practise and tournament performances, you will begin to accelerate the process of building empowering patterns that will help you narrow the gap between potential and performance.