Developing the Right Attitude about Failure

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on July 21, 2020

Your attitude and reaction to your practice and tournament results begin to build a file in the memory part of your brain that you will be able to call on in future pressure situations while competing. If you always react in a positive way (regardless of result) then you will build a habit that you can depend on when reality throws you a curve and you fail to get the results you desire, either on or off the course.

You can learn this at the beginning and breeze through A and AA classes. Otherwise, you will have to take a step back when you are in A class to learn how to be positive and trust what you have trained.

If you think you are different, give us a call after you have been in A class for a year or so. We will help you understand this lesson, because you won’t progress much farther without it, and definitely not at a rapid rate.

At the end of the day, your memory of your previous experiences plays heavily into your ability to trust yourself enough to improve. Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson talk about this a lot in their book Every Shot Must Have A Purpose. Do yourself a favor and read it.

What allows you to succeed under pressure is not understanding what needs to be done. It’s about how many times you’ve done it, how many times you’ve done it under pressure, and how you reacted to the results you got every time. That determines how well you perform.

 We’ve had shooters go from E to Master Class in as little as 18 months, and shooters who never progress past A or AA Class. We’ve learned that a person’s attitude about failure has everything to do with where they end up, how quickly they got there, and how long they remain there.

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