The blunt force way to achieve excellence at any skill is repetition.
As you repeat a skill—correctly–over and over, you progress through different levels of mastery:
Unconscious Incompetence—where you don’t know what you don’t know.
Conscious Incompetence—where you know how little you know and seek wisdom.
Conscious Competence—where you know how to perform, but you still have to consciously think about the individual steps.
Unconscious Competence—where you are able to perform amazingly complex skills using only the subconscious mind and without having to consciously think about the steps.
Excellence—where you begin achieving feats that you or others may have thought were impossible.
As you move through the steps, your fluidity, efficiency, speed, and precision improves. As your cognitive processing during the execution of the skill moves from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind, creativity and HUGE, almost quantum leaps in performance begin to happen.
Malcom Gladwell famously stated that, regardless of the skill, it takes 10,000 hours or 10,000 repetitions to reach this level of proficiency.
It’s true with golf, basketball, martial arts, and shooting.
With most skills, you can put in your reps with minimal cost. But there aren’t many people who can afford the time and money requirements to put 10,000 rounds through their gun for each specific skill they want to become excellent at.
Now dry fire and mental imagery are obvious solutions to the time and money hurdle, but that’s not what I’m writing about today.
I want to share 5 high speed, high leverage hacks with you
that will help shortcut the process of getting from where you are to where you want to be.
Once you decide that you want to become excellent at shooting…excellent enough that you can respond effectively in extreme stress situations without delay or a serious degradation in performance, there ARE high leverage hacks and shortcuts to the process besides dry fire and mental imagery.
These other shortcuts may help you compensate for less-than-ideal genetics, health, or other factors, or if you’re a genetic specimen in the prime of your life, they will act as rocket boosters.
This is the kind of stuff that elite athletes use to eek out a little more performance than their elite competition.
It’s the kind of stuff that Tier II warriors embrace to make the jump to Tier I.
What are these other hacks and shortcuts?
I’ve been working with experts in some very unusual fields over the last few years to track down these hacks. Some of them are mind bending, but here are 5 that are the easiest to understand. I’ll touch on all 5 now, go into a little detail on one, and, based on feedback, go into detail on the rest.
I want to cover this last one a little bit more today.
Did you know you could make a fast, simple tweak to your front sight, without the help of a gunsmith, for less than $10, that will trick your subconscious mind into automatically centering it between your rear sights to 1/1,000th of an inch?
You’ve heard of pro athletes and experts getting into “flow state” or being “in the zone” where they switch over to subconscious thought, time slows down, their minds calm down, ice runs through their veins, and their performance shoots through the roof, but did you know that you could learn how to trigger this at will…even if you’re a novice shooter?
Want to see it in action? Then check out this video showing an experiment from earlier this year:
This was after 6 months of NO live fire practice…just dry fire. If you want to see the details on the experiment, go to www.1holechallenge.com. If you want to see more on the one-hole-group mental dynamics shooting system, go >HERE<
Do you have questions or comments on any of the 5 hacks? Let me know.