Required reading

The Inner Game of Tennis:

The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

This is the book that has taught so many athletes on how to separate self 1 (the talkative self) from self 2 (the physical self) and explaining how we function even during the simplest of tasks and how we often allow self 1 to talk our physical self into negativity and thus end up with a "lost target" even though we physically did everything right. I personally found this book to revolutionise my way of thinking during my mounting procedure and how I perceive myself and what I want to achieve right there, in that moment.







Zen in the Art of Archery

by Eugen Herrigel

Herrigel describes Zen in archery as follows:
"The archer ceases to be conscious of himself as the one who is engaged in hitting the bull's-eye which confronts him. This state of unconscious is realized only when, completely empty and rid of the self, he becomes one with the perfecting of his technical skill, though there is in it something of a quite different order which cannot be attained by any progressive study of the art"

This book was fantastic in expressing the notion the target breaking is only a result, not the answer(s) we all seek in perfecting our shooting game. If we perfect ourselves, establish discipline in the routine and find happiness in the act, our surroundings and the journey we're on, we in turn see the results we want. But it emphasises that results aren't as important as the journey into finding the answers we seek.

Time, practice and a willingness to push through the mundane and see beyond what we may personally hold dear as our foundations and grow into new ideas and become better is what I took away the most. 

2 + A = R 
2 is the all the parts put together, the gun, ammo, glasses, weather, eye dominance, left or right handed, etc...
Just standing there
A is the doing with all of the above, but unconsciously 
...finding A to make all those parts mean something is the key and to bring about uncluttered thinking and unconscious effort is the aim.
R is the result yet to be determined
...its not relevant until A is found, if you can't understand A without thinking of it, then its not truly there
For everyone its different, there is no set rule on how you get there.
You can only find A once you stop focusing on R