When you are called on to perform a form there are a sequence of orders – a formula per se. The name of the form first. The name of the form (again), then “Ready!” second. Thirdly, the name of the form, then “Begin”. There is a reason even for this.
This same formula is used for possible conflict. First order is to be aware of a possible situation or problem. Second order is to size up the situation and be ready to act. Third order, Act!
The psychology and mental discipline of a kung fu practitioner is as important as his speed and power. All skill sets are learned through consistent practice and repetition in as many ways as possible.