Don’t Let Thinking Get In The Way Of Your Game

Don’t Let Thinking Get In The Way Of Your Game

There’s a state that athletes, musicians and other performers reach when they’re really in the moment and able to accomplish more. This Zen-like reverie may be possible for all of us if we trust ourselves and don’t overthink every action.

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There are many famous Yogi Berra quips or Yogi-isms, such as “The future ain’t what it used to be” and:

How can you think and hit at the same time?

Yogi’s rhetorical question reflects the kind of “no-mind” action that’s sometimes needed to be at the top of your game.

You might have experienced this dream-like state before, when you’re working on or doing something so naturally that it seems like time has stopped. You’re just in the moment.

To get there, it takes a lot of practice and planning, of course. But when it’s your turn to “batter up”, so to speak, trust in your skills and all the work that’s led up to that point — and then just ignore everything around you and still your overthinking mind. Easier said than done, sure, but practising — and perhaps establishing rituals — may help get you there.

Ever have one of those Zen-like moments? Share them with us in the comments.


  • Definitely.

    I’ll spend countless hours at home preparing a DJ set, going over everything with a fine-tooth comb so to speak. Making sure the blends are perfect and everything is sync.

    The night arrives and it’s time to start and there has been times I’ve gone into autopilot, not following the plan and just let things spin, it’s an amazing feeling, knowing that everything is going fantastic and not having to over think.

  • This is why your pool game is at its peak after 2-4 beers – you’ve stopped thinking, and are just hitting the balls into the pockets. After that, you start getting coordination issues. The programming equivalent is called the Ballmer peak.

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