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How do you separate your self image from an honest awareness of how you are performing?

 

For instance, if you find yourself shooting slower than is necessary on close targets, how do you recognize that it is a skill to work on in practice without negatively affecting your self image?

 

Obviously, you don’t want to ignore the performance, but you also don’t want to dwell on it. 

 

Is is the best approach a combination of focused training, reinforcing good performance by saying “yup, that’s like me, I can shoot quickly on close targets”, plus changing your self-image using techniques like the directive affirmation?

 

I have index cards in my dry fire area, range bag, and by my reloading press with a self image statement describing the shooter I am becoming in practice. (Reinforcing the new self image rather than focusing on the problems of the past)

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1 hour ago, DKorn said:

How do you separate your self image from an honest awareness of how you are performing?

 

For instance, if you find yourself shooting slower than is necessary on close targets, how do you recognize that it is a skill to work on in practice without negatively affecting your self image?

 

I don't have a self image.  I have a self worth that is intrinsic and not dependent on how I perform at my job or at my hobbies.

 

That's how I can look at my performance, no matter how bad, and determine not only what I need to work on but also stay motivated to achieve it.

 

Self worth > Self esteem > Self image

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Lenny Bassham book "with winning in mind" Is a fantastic read on this topic. 

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4 minutes ago, Furrly said:

Lenny Bassham book "with winning in mind" Is a fantastic read on this topic. 

 

I’ve read it and guess I’m trying to figure out the best way to apply it. 

 

Honest assessment of what to work on requires honest critique of your shooting. “Feast or forget” requires focusing on good and forgetting the bad. Directive affirmation requires focusing on the desired self image rather than the current reality. I guess I’m having a hard time figuring out how to balance these. 

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Start filming yourself if you are not already, post the vids on this site and you will get honest criticism.. 

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5 minutes ago, Furrly said:

Start filming yourself if you are not already, post the vids on this site and you will get honest criticism.. 

 

I have. What I’m trying to work on is separating the critique from my self image. It’s fine to say “I need to work on ___” and then incorporate it into training, but as soon as you say “I always do ____ wrong”, you’re reinforcing a self image that will hold you back. Instead, i’m trying to focus on the way i want to do it and say “Doing ____ correctly (whatever that means in the context) is like me”, and then do it that way a bunch in training. 

 

To take it out of a shooting context- if you notice in a basketball game that you miss a bunch of 3-pointers, saying “I need to improve 3 pointers” and then adding more work on that to your practice is productive. Saying “I suck at 3 pointers” will hold you back. Saying “It’s like me to hit 3 pointers. I’m good at it”, visualizing yourself hitting them, and practicing them is productive.

 

At least I think that’s the right interpretation of what’s in WWIM.

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Ok...I complete get where you are coming from. Here is my story, at my local Uspsa  match there is an all steel stage that I use to burn down with out hesitation, as my shooting improved I started putting to much pressure on myself because  I expected more out of my performance.

I started to really struggle with that all Steel stage middle of last year. Every time I walked up to that stage I started to get nervous and I kept telling my self "Don't screw up" well what do you think Happened??? Yes!!! that !!!. 

I went back a re-read Lenny Book for a 2nd time in less then year. I created a positive affirmation statement , pasted all over my house, my office, my garage where I dry fire and load. My wife thought I was Crazy, she thinks I am crazy anyways...read every chance I had for 45 days and during that time I did not shot a match, this was over the winter break. 

And what do you think Happened..My steel shooting has improved, I even win that stage in my division, Limited (major) and I no longer get nervous when we shot the stage. I embrace the challenge , even if do not do well i brush it off. 

 

You must reinforce positive affirmation there is no other way around it!!!!!!! and get rid of the negative thoughts ...another great read that will reinforce what we are talking about is "Peak" by Anders Ericsson. there is no other way to improve other deliberate, perfect practice...

 

Best of Luck..

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There’s no need to have a self image. Obviously believe in yourself and your capabilities, but no need to build up an ego. Just be honest with yourself and get better one day at a time.

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IVe been writing down everyday how I am going to perform at my next match and my goals for the upcoming shooting season. I also am a firm believer of AT LEAST 2a days. This way I’m nailing home the process of what it takes to do something correctly every time. Also, if doubt wants To creep in, it’s met with me saying “I’ve put the time in this week and either met or exceeded my dry fire and live fire training.  It’s go time.” Then on match day I’m telling myself WHAT IM GOING TO DO. I AM going to call every shot in match mode. IAM going to watch the entire sight picture to ensure speed. I AM going to win today because I AM going to exicute everything perfectly. I’m also a firm believer in not analyzing how I’m doing during s match. I’ve got the entire week to be thinking about that s#!t until next weekends match. 

 

This is whats helped me. 

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Lots of awesome responses from various viewpoints. I try to not dwell on things when they happen during the match itself. Try to get good videos as much as possible. Especially during dry fire or practice on the range. Look at your performance/movements/draws, etc. Then dissect it and figure out what priorities you need to focus on. Break everything up into chunks and work on them until they are stored into your subconscious and can happen without much thought or effort. Then move onto the next item. I think we then tend to focus on the easy stuff and not want to actually figure out what help we need and where to focus our training. You will be able to see where negative time exists then work to diminish that amount of time. Identify the dwell time and work to diminish it. When we are not shooting, we are losing points. So just work on moving as fast as humanly possible through a course of fire while shooting all alphas ;) Sounds simple right. But seriously, breaking things down and becoming proficient in micro tasks will help you work to become faster overall. Shoot me a PM if you have any questions or need anything.

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As an update, I went to the Buckeye Blast (Ohio state championship) with a strong self image of the shooter I’ve been working to be through practice. I committed to my process and analyzed, strategized, memorized, and visualize each stage. I then told myself “Grip the gun, see the sights, be aggressive” (Mike Seeklander’s pre-stage mental statement) and “Center the dot, call the shot” (Steve Anderson’s recommended statement). I then took two deep breaths and let myself relax and wait for the beep. After the beep, I let the stage plan run on automatic and watched my sights to decide about whether I needed any make up shots. 

 

The end result was my best and most consistent match ever. I took 2nd place in Production C Class and am looking forward to making B class soon!

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On 4/17/2019 at 8:20 AM, DKorn said:

 

I’ve read it and guess I’m trying to figure out the best way to apply it. 

 

Honest assessment of what to work on requires honest critique of your shooting. “Feast or forget” requires focusing on good and forgetting the bad. Directive affirmation requires focusing on the desired self image rather than the current reality. I guess I’m having a hard time figuring out how to balance these. 

Let yourself critique, give yourself credit for the things you excelled at or did well. Take time to see the achievements or mike stones you have made. When looking at your weaknesses or skills you would like to improve, do it in a positive manner. If you struggled at weakhand shots, use those self affirmation statements that you can make those shots and work at attaining that goal. Don’t dwell on the negative, focus on the positives. 

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