In the last video we had discussed on the methods on how to focus your mind while shooting. In that video I had mentioned that you should avoid scoring, instead you should concentrate 100 % on each and every step of the ‘shot sequence’.
In this video, I will be discussing the second part of how to develop 100% Mental Focus while shooting. In the last video I had discussed that your mind should be focussed entirely on each and every step that you take right from the time you pick up the pistol and bring it onto the target and you execute follow through.
What is very important is the gap between one shot and the next shot. This gap is very critical in keeping your mind focussed because it is within this time between one shot and the next shot that your mind tends to either go into the future or go in the past.
When I say go in the past it means that you tend to think about the result of your last shot. And when I say that your mind goes in the future, it means that you are expecting a very good result in the next shot.
So, your mind keeps flipping either to the future or to the past, instead you should be keeping your mind ‘grounded’ in the present between one shot and the next shot.
I am suggesting a couple of methods on how you can keep your mind grounded in the present.
Pranayam between shots:
One method is to keep concentrating on your inhaling and exhaling. In India we have a very good technique called as ‘Pranayam ’and in pranayama you concentrate on your inhaling and exhaling.
When you concentrate on your inhaling and exhaling it helps you to focus and ground your mind in the present. So, concentrating on inhaling and exhaling is a very good method for keeping your mind focussed and grounded in the present between one shot and the next shot.
The second method is and you can use it along with your inhaling and exhaling is to visualise your next shot. In visualisation, as is shown in the next video, you should be able to visualise your sights going up and coming into the aiming area and you should be able to visualise the correct follow through with the shot going into the 10.
Now visualisation is a method which we will be discussing in great detail in the future but these two techniques: inhaling and exhaling and visualisation in the time between one shot and the second shot will help you to keep your mind focussed on the task on hand or to keep you grounded in the present and stops your mind from jumping into the future or from flipping your mind into the past result of the last shot.
So, these are the two techniques which you can use to keep yourself complete focussed 100% between one shot and the second shot.