Mad props to Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code, for alerting me to his recent blog post on high-velocity learning. Please make sure you watch the video that is part of the post. Great, great stuff.
Basically, in one post, Dan has captured the essence of elite performance: having a vision of what you want to accomplish, breaking the performance into chunks, intensively rehearsing those chunks under safe conditions, "zooming in and out" between the whole performance and the individual performance elements, and then--at the very end--performing under conditions of risk and danger.
The key idea is that you can achieve days, weeks, months, maybe even years worth of training in a single day if you structure the learning process the right way.
Great blog, very worth reading.