Jul 13, 2019 | By: Daniel Schindler, Paragon Master Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap and Wingshooting Instructor
SEEING IS BELIEVING!
The owner of a small company was being sued by an injured employee. The employee – who worked in the warehouse – declared he was injured in an accident and was no longer able to raise his hands and arms above his shoulders. He said, trying to do so was excruciatingly painful making his coming back to work impossible.
A meeting between the owner and both attorneys was called. The owner and his attorney asked the other attorney if the injured man was available for a few questions? The attorney said yes, provided he was present.
The door opened and the injured man walked to the meeting table very, very slowly. Head down, shoulders slumped, the man shuffled his way to his chair. The owner and his attorney rose and offered their appreciation for his coming.
With everyone seated, the owner’s attorney asked how the accident occurred. The man explained that a palette of heavy boxes had been carelessly stacked on a high shelf by another employee. When he was asked to retrieve these boxes, the boxes had fallen and caused his unbearable injuries. A long silence ensued.
After a few more questions, the man was politely asked to stand and demonstrate his current condition. Rising slowly, a painful grimace on his face, his trembling arms crept upward until they stopped, unable to rise above shoulder level. The demonstration was disturbing.
Having no further questions, the man was thanked and excused. He stood and turned to leave. He was almost to the door when the owner said, “Excuse me…SIR??”
The man turned.
“How high could you raise your arms before the accident?”
He shrugged as if he wasn’t sure, looked up and raised both arms high over his head – all before the other attorney could react.
Is what we believe we are doing in our shooting – what we are really doing?
Long years of experience as an Instructor / Coach has taught me, the first step towards improving our shooting doesn’t begin with the basics or shooting methods.
In my opinion, here’s the very first step in starting the improvement process. After a LOT of shooting with hit and miss results – over many months or years – this question has moved to the front of the line. Can we continue doing the same things over and over again and expect different results?
Please forgive my repeating this quote again but I believe its message is so relevant to shooters who are motivated to improve and wonder why they are not.
“It ain't what we don't know that gets us in trouble.
It’s what we know for sure that just ain't so.”
My respectfully submitted point here is this. A little candid soul searching goes a long way towards moving our game up. Equipment, methods, basics and fundamentals, all come second to our opening our mind to finding and accepting what’s not working in our game. I’m sure you tire of my using the word inconsistencies but we all have them – from the top shooters all the way to the new shooter asking what chokes are for.
Admitting that we don’t really know what mistakes we’re making in our shooting may be a tough bridge to get across. And, for sure, it’s not a requirement for everyone. But, for those who do want to fix what’s not working in their shooting – how can we do that if we don’t know, specifically, what it is that’s not working?
On a personal note, this is the # 1 reason why I have so much respect for students – mine and others – who have humbly crossed that bridge and are seeking answers. Real answers – not just opinions or worse, the magic beans for instant (non-existent) improvement – but answers and methods that will actually prepare them to succeedAFTER their lessons when there will be no Instructor behind them to assist. Kudos to all who have done so and will in the future.
I hope you understand my comments here are purely constructive. While learning and advancement is available to anyone who seeks it, enlightenment more often comes to those who first decide to explore beyond what they currently believe.
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