Target Sports - Archery, Biathlon, Darts, Pistol, Rifle, Skeet, Sporting Clays

Target Sports - Archery, Biathlon, Darts, Pistol, Rifle, Skeet, Sporting Clays

Target Sports and Peak Performance

Is Your Head and Nervousness Ruining Your Accuracy and Consistency?
 

“Target PANIC!” “Dartitis!” “Choking!” There’s no question that your sport is one of the most psychologically fragile ones out there. The more fine motor movement involved in performance, the more vulnerable that athlete is to mental problems. Combine this with the fact that at competitions, the athlete has plenty of time to think and you have a sport that is unbelievably demanding mentally.      

So what kind of a head do you have on your shoulders? Are you competing at the level that you're capable of? Do you regularly score better in practice than when it counts the most? Are there particular opponents who you consistently lose to who you out-train and have no business beating you? Do fears and self-doubts paralyze you and prevent you from shooting to your potential? Are you the kind of shooter who regularly steals defeat from the closing jaws of victory by being unable to finish strong? Do your expectations and frustrations during a competition send your performance down the tubes?

If some of these questions bother you, then you probably already know how critically important the mental part of your sport is. If you want to take your performance to the next level, then you have to be willing to take your training far beyond where most archers or shooters do. Most serious athletes in your sport religiously work on the physical/technical part. They’ll work on their strength, fitness and technique. They'll work on their hold and shot plan. Is this stuff important? Absolutely! You can’t become successful without “paying your physical dues” in this way. Hard work is definitely one of the main keys to your success. Without it, you’ll never shoot to your potential.

Unfortunately, this is where most archers, shooters and darts players stop. When they go into competitions, they hope they’ll perform well, they hope that they’ll have their “A” game with them today, they hope that they’ll score well enough to win. You’d never leave your physical technique to chance. So why would you leave the most important part of your shooting, the mental side to chance?

Being successful in competitions is 95% mental and 5% physical. You may have all the strength, conditioning and technique. However, to get that great performance to come out when it counts the most, you have to be able to stay calm under pressure, keep yourself focused on the right things, believe in yourself, rebound quickly from mistakes and handle last minute negativity, fears or doubts.     

Without these mental skills you will consistently sabotage yourself and perform way below your potential. You have to believe in yourself and have the self-confidence to focus on yourself and not your opponents when you're under pressure. You have to be able to handle last minute negativity and self-doubts. You have to be able to master your fears. You have to be able to stay in control of your physiological level of activation!

With a little work, these mental skills as well as a few important others can be systematically trained to the point where you develop the reputation as a mentally tough competitor. My CD program, The Best Mental Toughness Training Program for Target Sports Athletes (ON SALE NOW!) will take you to the next level!

Are you struggling with performance anxiety or a slump? Do you consistently perform better in practice than when it counts?

My one-on-one skype consulation service will help get you back on track! Call me at 413-549-1085.

Dr. Alan Goldberg is an internationally recognized expert in the field of perfomance enhancement. As a Sports Performance Consultant, Dr. G works with archers, competitive shooters, darts players and biathletes at every level, helping them develop mental toughness, better handle competitive pressure and perform to their potential. As a regular columnist for a number of national and international publications, Dr. G writes on the subjects of peak performance and overcoming fears and performance blocks. He is the author of the revolutionary new book, "This Is Your Brain On Sports," along with 30 other books and CD programs. Check out his most popular program- Mental Toughness Training Package for Target Sports Athletes-Special Savings.