The Mental Side (Part 2)

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August 25th, 2015, 10:54 am #1

On the Snap Shooting thread Austin asks "What do you do if your subconscious gets you into trouble?"
The answer is simple, you learn how to use your subconscious abilities and teach it to keep you out of trouble.

The truth is that your subconscious only gets you into trouble if your conscious mind creates the conditions which allow it to get you into trouble.

To shoot consistently well it is necessary that you come to believe and expect that you will shoot consistently well.
I hear a lot of rubbish talked about "Target Panic". You don't "suffer" from target panic, it is something you inflict on yourself.

As it affects your shooting the subconscious is fairly straightforward. It wants to shoot where you are looking and it accepts what you believe about your ability.

If you believe and expect that you will embarass yourself, it will do it's best to oblige. If you believe and expect that you will do well, it will also do it's best to oblige.

If your practice is managed to build confidence and more particularly if you learn to not be attached to conscious preconceptions and irrelevancies that hurt your performance, then you have the chance of benefitting from letting your subconscious do what it does so well.

Fortunately, when it comes to dealing with "teaching" the mental side, the subconscious does not distinguish between real experience and convincingly imagined experience.

If you keep telling yourself that you will fail, that you expect to fail, if you imagine failure, then you WILL fail.

If you expect to improve and progress, expect to do well, imagine doing well, rehearse doing well in due course you WILL start doing well and make progress.

Practice positive affirmation of simply stated realistic short term objectives. Print it clearly on a card in your own hand, regularly read it and convincingly imagine it actually happening in vivid and memorable detail. Do this regularly.

Your subconscious will come to believe that this has actually been something that really happened, and there is nothing the subconscious likes better than doing what is expected of it.

More importantly, stop feeding it rubbish about failing, about missing. Teach it to expect to hit the mark, to make progress in specific terms, to do well in specific terms.

Consider this well and build it into your practice.
There is more to archery than just fiddling with bows and arrows.

The most important equipment when it comes to shooting consistently well is between your ears, so learn how to use it properly.

Last edited by Rod on August 25th, 2015, 11:50 am, edited 2 times in total.
It's meant to be simple, not easy.