19 A Sack of Flour

In the book,Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, there is a pithy paragraph with the heading, “The Secret of ‘Natural’ Behavior and Skill. ” It goes:

The Success Mechanism within you can work in the same way to produce “creative doing ” as it does to produce “creative ideas. ” Skill in any performance, whether it be in sports, in playing the piano, in conversation, or in selling merchandise, consists not in painfully and consciously thinking out each action as it is performed, but in relaxing, and letting the job do itself through you. Creative performance is spontaneous and “natural” as opposed to self-conscious and studied. The most skilled pianist in the world could never play a simple composition if he tried to consciously ...

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