Make Mistake(s), Make Mistake of Dwelling On Mistake(s)

November 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

The LSAT has up to 102 questions spanning five sections: two Logical Reasoning, one Reading Comprehension, one Logic Games, one experimental section of the LSAC’s choice. After a 3 hour test, they have you write a prompt-based essay in 35 minutes, not scored by the LSAC but filed and read by admissions committees of each school you apply to.

The most basic figure skating competition level is preliminary. The judges will look for five jumps (two combos max), two spins (cannot be the same spins) and some basic footwork, all in a reasonable time of 1 minute and 30 seconds (minimum 1:20, max 1:40).

All throughout practice, you’ve been getting things done. You’d zoom halfway through the two logical reasoning section in your practice with ease before running into problems. Consistently getting 3.5 games out 4 in the logic games section. Reading comprehension is whatever. You have the cardio and you’re used to your home rink to know where to place your five jumps, your two spins and footwork.

So what happens when you get mixed up between the two answer choices that mix necessary and sufficient conditions, you misread a logic game rule or on competition day, you fall on your first jump?

Bad things can happen on the real thing? But I prepared so much!

The test taker and/or skater with little to no mental preparation going into their big moments of truth will get frazzled early and often. They dwell on that one question or jump or a travelling spin (no, a spin isn’t supposed to travel). They spend precious time during the section or free skate (35 minutes each section, 1 minute and 30 seconds in the performance) thinking about that mistake, leaving them prone to make more mistakes later on.

So take Dr. Feeny’s advice and breathe.

Feeny, FEENY, FEE FEE FEE FEENY, FEENY!

Shonda Rhimes kills Mr. Feeny. Oh s**t, you haven’t start Season 9 yet?

Dr. Feeny’s penultimate words to Dr. Yang were “If you’re not breathing, you’re not thinking.” That could be true when a test taker or a skater is dwelling on past mistakes earlier in their performance. Not only are they not breathing, they’re thinking about past mistakes, which isn’t allowing them to focus on what’s next.

As part of mental prep going into the test or performance, breathe and think about the next task. Gotta find out what the most accurate and complete list of all the possibilities in the logic game are? Even after messing up the first game? Think about the question you’re answering next. Gotta do a one foot spin without traveling? After your planned combo jump became a single jump you barely saved? Focus on that next skating element.

The mental aspects of each performance weigh as much as the physical performance itself. When you focus one hundred percent on the next task ahead of you, you enable yourself to achieve the best score you possibly can.

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Congratulations to Buster Posey on winning the 2012 NL MVP award. Buster Posey, American Hero.

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Had Melky Cabrera signed to play with San Francisco again, San Francisco would’ve received even more negative PR surrounding its employment of those who allegedly used or got caught using performance enhancing drugs. To those outside of San Francisco, they see the team as a safe harbor for liars, drug users, zoo animals, Hunter of zoo animals, beard-wielding gentlemen … a generally awkward group of miscasts that know how to win baseball games. How dare the team not use Melky in the playoffs when he hasn’t played the last third of the season.

Oh my.

Which is alright with the world because Melky didn’t sign here. The Melkmen’s jobs have been outsourced to Toronto, where Melky Cabrera has signed a 2-year, 16 million dollar contract to play for the Blue Jays. The signing has been called a potential coup and a spark to make the Blue Jays a fun team to watch.

Nevertheless, best of luck in Toronto, Melky. I hope you can show the league and fans that you don’t need to cheat to be a great baseball player.

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Sectionals Update: In Hyannis Port, Barnstable, MA, Jay Yostanto finished first overall in the junior men’s event, earning him a spot to 2013 Junior Nationals, while Matej Silecky withdrew from the competition after the short program. In Provo, UT, Laney Diggs finished 5th overall of 13 skaters in the senior ladies event at Pacific Coast Sectionals. Pacific Coast Sectionals’ IJS protocols can be found here. Eastern Sectionals’ IJS protocols can be found here.

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