Show #166 - The Six Key Success Modules - Maximizing Your Results
This week Mike covers the Six Success Modules from his original book, and breaks down each in a manner where you can apply they information directly to your own training. Ensure your success by listening to this show!
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“Shooter ready….stand by….BEEP!” The stage started to flow, all was going well and then it happened. The first position went great, zero down so far…the next position good as well, but in the third position I visually indexed the first target and the sights appeared in the center of the zero incredibly fast and I pressed the trigger two times resulting in two more zero down hits.
A millisecond later my brain realized what happened. Disaster! Did I move the gun resulting in a couple down threes or misses? No. The shots landed perfectly in the center of the target. The only problem? IT WAS A NON-THREAT! And I did not shoot it by accident, I shot it with purpose…although obviously wrong. So what caused this dreaded mistake to happen so fast that my conscious decision making mind could not keep up with my subconscious skill of executing the shot? Simple, I had failed to follow the “process.”
In analyzing my performance at the 2015 IDPA World Championships I realized that the errors made were, not surprising, all resulting from two key areas, one in training and one in application of the skills. This article will break down those two key areas and help you set yourself up for success in your next match, if you put the time and effort into practicing and then deliberately executing with a process.
Let’s define the two key areas that I can attribute ALL of my mistakes at ANY major match when I look at them objectively. The two key areas are:
The first thing I look at when analyzing my mistakes at any major match is whether or not I followed my preparation plan. Think of this as more than just doing training drills on the range, but rather a way to break down and develop your skills from a broader perspective. Years ago when I wrote my first book Your Competition Handgun Training Program I looked at the various methods of preparing both mentally and physically for a match, and I can up with the following “training modules.”:
Six modules of success
There are six key areas that you will focus on to ensure your success. They are: live and dry fire training, visual training, mental training, physical fitness, and game day quizzes (matches). The symbiotic effect of doing all of these training modules in a systematic manner will increase your skill more than the raw results of them just added together. Your training program will be a systematic set of processes that will give you the skills needed to reach your goal, rather than a random set of practice sessions that are unlikely to work as well.
The key is to realize that each area must be addressed in order for you to gain real success, but each might require more or less time depending on your individual circumstances. For example, you can see that two of the modules are live and dry fire training. I found years ago that if I worked hard and practiced in those two key areas I would possess a great deal of skill, but if I failed to address the “game day” module (shoot matches), I could never truly use that skill to it’s potential. Simply because I could not process the information as quickly as I would need to in order to be competitive.
Look at each key area and assign yourself a value on a scale from 1-10 on how good you are in each area. A 10 being the best and requiring little attention from you, and a 1 requiring your more work. For example, you might have great vision and simply shooting your practice drills is enough in that module, where a different person might have vision deficits and need work in that area. The solution would be to spend some time on vision exercises (yes the eyes can be trained). Another of you might be very physically fit, and need to pay little attention to that module, but sorely lack the mental confidence and skills to perform well. In that case you will need to research and utilize mental tools to improve in that area.
Take a look and see where you fall.
The next area I want to talk about is “the process” I referred to early in this article. This simply means that if I want to perform at my best in a match, I need to do more than just practice and then hope when I get to a match it will all come together. I need to follow a process to ensure it does. I like to tell my students that I don't “shoot” a match, instead I “work” one. This simple means that the entire time I am working through the process. Mine looks like this (at the match):
So in closing, what area did I fail on that caused the mistake in the beginning of this article? I simple failed to take my “kodak picture” of the arrays in that stage. When I came into the shooting position, mounted my gun perfectly based on the stage marker, and shot…I shot the wrong target. Had I really possessed a picture in my mind of the array I would see, I would have keyed my conscious mind to index on target number two in the array instead of number one. Problem solved! I got lazy in my stage recon, and paid for it.
Take some time to address your own success modules and figure out where you might be lacking. Then add your own “process” you can follow to ensure that hard earned success in matches. The rest is simply following the plan! Put the work in, you will get the results.
Until Then - Train Hard!
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