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Evaluation and Living in the Past

Back in the mid-80s, I finished a really good round of sporting at Greater Houston Gun Club. Andy Banks watched intently as I ran the last station and asked what my score was. I didn’t know.

So, Andy asked to see my score card. “Andy,” I said, “It doesn’t matter who wins or loses as long as you do your best!”

“I can agree with part of that,” Andy said. “It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose. What matters is whether I win or lose!”

As shooters go through a course – especially in a tournament situation – they continually expound about how they missed the target. Eventually they become prophets about how they’ll continue to miss the future targets.

These shooters are living in the past. The misses lead to evaluation and perpetuate the same problems over and over.

The interesting thing is that you’re either going to live in the corrections or the problems and your ability to live in the solutions is a habit that must be learned and revisited consistently.

One way you can create and use this habit to your benefit is to use fewer words that really mean something. Become forgetful about what just happened and learn from it and move on!

Fewer words with thoughts prior to engaging your tongue is a very helpful habit to have when adversity shows its ugly face!

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