........dedicated to your peak performance!
The mental game,........it conjures up images of superior mental powers, able to single-handedly destroy those annoying distractions so we can hold our concentration like a laser beam and build long runs,.....very long runs. OK, that sounds good but what does all that mean and how do you do that? Here's a way to extract real, measurable improvement out of practice, a crystal clear blueprint on what we do, why we do it, how we do it,.....and the best way to generate the peak performance we know we are capable of.
I've been in the shooting sports for more than a half-century and sporting clays since 1979. In my personal development as a shooter and competitor, have I felt the crushing yoke of tournament pressure? Yes, I have. I can think of more fun things to do. And, if I've learned one thing out here on the mental side of our great sport, it's that we create the pressure we feel, not the distractions, not other people, not our score.
I've literally spent thousands of hours developing and assembling my mental program called The Workshop. From the very first piece of information that went into The Workshop, one primary rule was established and I vowed never to break it. It was a simple rule. Whatever went into The Workshop, it had to be completely understandable, totally logical and absolutely useable-no exceptions. Every question asked in the Workshop notebook; every answer given; every solution; every recommendation had to be simple, easily understood, with real, practical applications. The questions and answers in The Workshop do not require a dictionary. My students AHA moments come directly from seeing what they could not see, right, directly in front of them, each and every day.
The number 1 priority in The Workshop is to be able to take each new understanding straight into the shooting box. When the right questions are asked, it is amazing what we learn about ourselves, why we do what we do. Then, and only when we understand what drives us, what motivates us, where our fears really come from, can we successfully redirect our thoughts and attention to the shooting in front of us. Yes, shooting pressure is real, not imaginary. But, contrary to what most believe, you don't have to be powerless and at the mercy of tournament pressure. I guarantee, you absolutely can perform at your best under pressure - provided - you understand where the pressure is really coming from, not where you think it's coming from.
Not one single thing about The Workshop is mysterious or complicated. Not one. Workshop students are asked to look at their thoughts and long-established opinions differently. Simple questions. When answered, the light comes on and the perspective changes. We do this again and again, each time a new revelation. My students look at me in amazement and ask, "Why didn't I think of that?" The answer is, no one asked you the right questions. Little by little, step by step, a new understanding takes shape. The source and reasons for our anxiety, fears, cautions and expectations all begin to make sense. It is here that you take control of your performance, instead of allowing tournament pressure to steal your best score.
Tournament pressure is merely a mental, mind-made obstacle, not a fortress with your peak performance locked inside. The Workshop simply shows you how to go around the obstacle altogether. It really isn't difficult, once you understand that pressure can easily tear down a good shooting performance, but only if you let it. It is nothing more than your understanding all the negatives that come into the box with you, and then controlling your thoughts. That's not hard to do, once you begin to look at the negatives from a completely different, common sense perspective. That's what The Workshop is all about.
When you come to know yourself, your peak performance will appear. Those are not mere words, but a working, self-explanatory blueprint, a Workshop strategy that you can trust to get you there!
Reviews From Previous Workshop Participants
After spending untold tens of thousands of dollars are you tired of that little voice inside your head still causing crucial misses? Tired of the self-doubt that creeps in when you look at a really tough true pair? Tired of the out-of-control "shoot and hope" level of performance that leaves you mired in the middle of your class - exactly where you started? Do you wish you had a way out and up to your true ability?
Dan has a direct, proven, planned, and highly focused program to understand and quiet those little gremlins. It allows you to directly reach for your full shooting potential. If you're going to call "pull", you might as well maximize your ability and predictably hear "dead a pair." Schindler's Workshop methods will get you there – no question.
While there is a tremendous amount of information now generated on the "mental game" most of what I have read is a repackaging of concepts that have existed for the last 10 years or longer. Your Workshop was very different. I came away with a clear understanding of how my mind works and how this can help me (or hurt me) in a shooting situation. I am now able to focus on the process of the shot, not the myriad of distractions present in any shooting situation. Not only have my scores improved significantly but a pleasant side effect has been that your concepts are directly applicable to my business. Bottom line is, the workshop works.
Roger A. Fehrman
President & CEO
NSCA Level II Instructor
Dan's "Workshop" will help you understand why shooters struggle in competition or any time peak performance is the goal. Dan breaks the problems down to the root cause and provides the answers and solutions to help you overcome the challenges that cause shooters and competitors to struggle "when it matters most". Since attending The Workshop, my scores are on the rise and my shooting is definitely more consistent. "The Workshop" is Dan Schindler's finest work to date, and a must for all serious competitors.
Paragon Professional Associate, NSCA Level I
I've had the pleasure and privilege, over the past few years, of watching and participating in Dan's progress toward ever better understanding, ability, and higher standards in the pursuit of excellence in his teaching and coaching of students and mentoring of other teachers. Dan shared, during my Level I instructor class a number of years ago, that our task, ne our responsibility, as instructors is to peel away the layers of unimportant thought and behaviors that prevent one from becoming better shooters, indeed, the very best shooters we can possibly be. What he means is that our "best" is not the equipment we buy or books we read, or videos we watch, or lessons we take, or the number of shells we burn to become "better". Our "best" is already inside each of us. We already own it. What we search for is how do we 1) define what that is and 2) how do we get to it.
Why are you here, at this moment, in this stand, with this shotgun in hand shooting at this target today? What is it you want? What are you trying to accomplish? Find the answers to those questions and throw away everything else and you will have taken the most important step toward peeling away the layers of what's keeping you from your best shooting.
Dan's WORKSHOP IS the single best step you can take to become the very best shooter\teacher\coach you can be. Don't think about it, don't analyze it, JUST DO IT! You will not be disappointed.
NSCA Level II Instructor
I had the pleasure of attending Dan's "Workshop" and found it most stimulating. Dan combines Eastern Philosophy and Common Sense, which, in my experience, is pretty unusual. It's hard to imagine a serious shooter not improving after implementing his methodology.
The Workshop was life changing for me. Once I was blind , but now I see! It has taught me to be concerned with what is important at the moment, taught me how to be "TASK" oriented. It gave me latitude, forgiveness, and discipline. Danny has put together a very important program here! I would recommend the Workshop to everyone who is serious about improving in their game. My first tournament, 2 weeks after my Workshop, resulted in winning my class, a class I hadn't placed in for 3 yrs.
NSCA Level II
I'm glad to say, The Workshop has changed my approach to shooting. It has given me a set of tools that not only create more consistent shooting and higher scores... but The Workshop has taken me to higher level of confidence in my mental approach to the sporting clay game!