Changing Shooter's Perspective in Florida

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on January 26, 2014

Just back from Florida teaching the Fla, Ga, and Iowa DNR hunter ed specialists on Tues Wed and Thurs am and at OK Coral with 10 a day for three days…..what a week man we are tired….on the way to the bay house to drain it for hopefully the last time…..tired of the cold weather….long range forecast is for moderating temps and rain for the next few weeks…..hope so……what a success we had with the DNRs and what a testimony to the OSP system… man they got it fast and they all had that “What about the lead” mentality but the animations and our presentations changed their perspectives and they all shot amazing well except for one person……I did not understand why until Friday….in talking with a student who was a Neurologist that was in our Friday group he made the comment that to learn something new takes about 500 reps and to change the way you do something takes about 3000-5000 reps…..now I gotta tell you that stopped me in my tracks…..put two and two together and the one person who struggled kept commenting that it was hard for him to CHANGE what he had always done which kept him in the judgmental evaluating mind set not the beginning mindset…… the rest of the class looked at it as learning something new….they got it he struggled….did not realize that I had mentioned to the group in the 4 hour morning session that we were learning something new and just because they were learning something new didn’t mean they would forget how to do what they had always done…….when you learned to ride a bike you did not forget how to walk…..

After talking to the neurologist about his comments I asked him if just changing a persons attitude from changing what I have always done to learning something new would decrease the number of reps it took to learn something and he said he would send me the study…..so you know me we really emphasized learning something new Sat and Sunday and I’m here to tell you it was miraculous what happened…. All participants got it so much quicker and their fear of all targets left them by lunch both days….it was amazing…. I even had a shooter who was 71 and a swing through shooter his whole life….hunter not a clay shooter…..I kept watching him and his comments and when ever he would say any thing about changing I would say not changing what you have done we are learning something new…..he was so glad he took two days…..on the second day man did he come alive and even he was amazed at how quickly he got it and was hitting long tough targets…..now he will have to keep shooting once or twice a week……but because of his attitude he will…..also got to shoot with Carol after an 8 month ordeal with her Macula or something and first day she was a little apprehensive but on Sunday she let it go and man did she shoot well and come alive and I know after about 6 or 8 flats she will be right back in the middle of the targets…..what a pleasure to see……more later….stay warm…GA

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