Literally. I mean, every repetition that you do in practice counts. Each is a small part of the “ingraining” process (myelination) that you can’t undo once you write the program. I can’t tell you how important this is.
Have you heard the term “perfect practice?” I am sure you have. But do you know how incredibly important this concept is? Behind knowing what to practice (and what to pay attention to in your repetitions), it is LITERALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO. Perform each repetition in your skill/s practice as perfectly as you can. Why? Because each repetition is writing and solidifying the program that will automate when you need to use the skill.
I want you to do me a favor. In whatever skill you are working on, get a notebook or logbook to take simple notes on your practice sessions. In that notebook, at the top of each session near where you might write the date, write yourself a concrete reminder to pay attention to every repetition you do. Maybe give yourself a place to log your level of effectiveness in performing each repetition perfectly, like this:
“Today in practice I will execute each repetition as perfect as possible with complete focus.“
“On a scale from 1-10 today my perfect repetition focus was a: 8“
Or something like that. Give yourself a reminder, and then a measurement each time you practice. Once again, I hope you hear me on this. It is VERY important. If I could go back in time, and take all of the bad repetitions I did in my shooting practice back, I would!
Until Then – Train Hard! And….PERFECT