The mind makes order from chaos - that's it's job.
Our minds do a great job of piecing stuff together without a lot of detailed explanation. In fact, this is how a lot of my early martial arts learning was done overseas when I was first starting out. Although I couldn’t understand a word the instructor was saying, I usually pieced together the gist of what he was asking by looking at how other people responded. In fact, I became very proficient at ‘glimpse analysis’. I would sneak a quick glance at the best technician in the class and do a rapid comparison between the way he executed the given technique and how the rest of the class executed it. This is a skill that can be learned and refined; in fact, it became my most potent model of learning in places where I couldn’t speak the language. I am now quite dependant on this thing I call ‘Glimpse analysis’; and it has become a powerful tool in my coaching arsenal. Provided everyone is facing the same direction on the mat, I can cast an eye over the room and in a second or two, pick out the two or three most common mistakes that people are making and put them in an order of importance. Our minds, once presented with a problem, are quick to seek out solutions. We make order from chaos – it’s simply what we do.