How to Practice
By Seth Haselhuhn | 4.3.2018
#Mindset #Shooting #Law Enforcement
There are several different approaches to training which should be considered when designing training programs and shooting is no different. Whether you’re training for combat, self-defense, competition, or hobby, if you’re looking for improvement here are a few different approaches you can use to maximize your training and make the most of your range days. Practice makes perfect, wait – no, perfect practice makes perfect, or is it just practice makes permanent? We know that practice works and if you’ve looked into the shooting world at all it doesn’t take long to see there’s no such thing as a perfect anything. That leaves the old “muscle memory” saying that we never rise to the occasion – only fall to the level of our training, which seems to make the practice and permanent connection. That leaves us with little hope of learning how to get better. However, with a little insight from the motor learning research and some application of their theories we can consider three different practice approaches which can guide us in pursuit of our training goals. I’ll break down what scientists call blocked, random, and varied practice and discuss how you can use them in your training.
Repeatable Process - Predictable Results
By Seth Haselhuhn | 1.30.2018
#Mindset #Shooting
People often fail to reach their goals until they learn how to use goal setting to work for them. Writing down a list of things you’d like to be able to do is a lot like throwing a penny in a well. Nothing will happen and pretty soon, you’re out of cash. However, with just a basic understanding of how goal setting works, you can get where you want to go and still buy a round after training. There are only a few things you need to know to make your training more effective. I’ll start with the three types of goals to set. Then we’ll consider three levels of difficulty, then finally we’ll tie it all together with a plan you can put into your training.
What is Performance Psychology?
By Seth Haselhuhn | 10.3.2017
Performance or Sport Psychology is a field of study and application regarding optimal performance and well-being of athletes. It is also concerned with developmental and social aspects of participation in competitive environments. The interdisciplinary field draws from psychology, kinesiology, sociology, physiology, and philosophy to determine how psychological factors affect performance and conversely how performance can affect psychology. Like anything else, the practice of sport psychology has fundamentals. The four core fundamentals are (1) goal setting, (2) self-talk, (3) imagery, and (4) self-regulation. Mastering these fundamentals in the training and competitive environment are essential to optimal performance. Mastering the fundamentals leads to mental skills such as motivation, confidence, attentional control, stress management, energy management, and ultimately mental toughness and flow. Generally the best place to begin is goal setting. Just a basic understanding of goal setting can make a significant difference in your performance. Whether it’s learning to be more proficient with your weapon or just maintaining your daily attitude, understanding and setting effective goals will help you drive your focus, efforts, and motivation.