I’m right now programming a bunch of reaction games and for their sake, I’m playing them heavily to make them perfect.
During my play sessions I tried to come up with clever systems to make myself a more efficient player, like counting the amount of actions that are required for the next success pattern etc.
Some of these methods quickly sank into me and started to happen without me having to think about them.
They became habitual.
I quickly realized that the systems I was most proud of because they made the most sense to me actually went in the way and I achieved less score then before. Only by letting go of this systems and going back to the „just play“ method, I became successful again.
I stepped back and let go, me and my plans vanished and the habitual/automatic self took over, I entered the flow state.
I found it really insightful that I discovered that the only thing to perform the best, was to forget about myself and let it happen.