Brain vs. Brawn

DSCN0044The strength of the mind remains unparalleled.  No matter how much we work out and do what we do to build and maintain strength and stamina for our bodies, the mind will always overpower. This poses the toughest aspect of shooting. When my team captain would tell me to Focus or to Concentrate, I was new enough to react with frustration demanding to know what to focus on and what in the world to concentrate on. I had a lot riding on my shooting career. There were more people who believed in my failure than in my success and I had to prove them wrong. Not only do I have a disputatious streak, but I knew my workplace managers were wrong. With effort, focus and concentration, I could compete. I learned I had to focus on my front sights and to concentrate on the Basic Fundamentals of Marksmanship. It took me what seemed like forever to grasp that concept.  Shooting is like meditation. Breathe in, breathe out, squeeeeeeze the trigger. You don’t think about the office, the Chief, the kids, the workload, the score you might shoot, you concentrate on the exact second you are shooting. Meditation’s goal is to clear the mind and find peace. I am not there yet; however, the beginning practices of this goal revolve around breathing. I finally did learn that as I paid attention to my inhale and the way the air felt moving into my lungs and my lungs expanding and then the other way around, the air leaving , I left little room to ponder the job , the boss, the household, etc. I was learning the power of the mind and how to Focus and Concentrate. As I practiced this technique, breath control and the simultaneous incorporation of the other five basic fundamentals of marksmanship(stance, grip, sight alignment, trigger control and follow through) I shot those sought after scores. I no longer ran from anxiety and exhaustion, but took my position calmly, breathing in, breathing out and squeezing that trigger. I am little, I am not very brawny, but my brain’s ability to focus and concentrate will always be my strong point. Breathe in , breathe out, squeeeeeeeeze.

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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