Shana Moore wrote:But I do believe mental review and attention to what you are doing is also useful...but is there a point where it's not?
The trite answer is "when it gets in the way of just doing". A relaxed mind and body seems to be the best way to learn, but it's one of the hardest states to get and stay in for a lot of folks (I'm in that group). If your mind is busy reviewing on the fly you're thinking on something that happened in the past rather than being in the moment.
The time to mentally review your performance is when you are not working on the physical part and also when you really understand how something works.
In today's training I showed a technique and it wasn't working right for one of the guys. He did everything right but did a move in two parts instead of simultaneously. I don't think review would work if all he was doing was going over the incorrect method, which by the way he was doing because of how I initially explained the technique (doh!). I think dwelling on wrong technique, or mistakes, is a waste of time, and a person is better off focusing on getting closer to getting it right.
I was dreaming of the past...