Total Mastery

As a student of high performance I’ve noticed something about every high performer I’ve been fortunate to meet; they know the tools of their trade inside, and out, upside, and down. What does that mean you say? Is that some strange Maryland eastern shore saying? It simply means there is nothing they don’t know about the tools of their trade.

Everyone from from top competitive shooters to graffiti artists. Everyone demonstrates the same trait. They know their tools. Completely. Watch Super Dave Harrington teach a lesson on dry fire, while performing every possible manipulation of the pistol all while never stopping the lecture. He knows the tools so well it’s as natural to him as breathing.

Watch this clip of Flea, bass player in the band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Even if you’re not a musician, from a student of higher performance perspective there are some really cool lessons here. At the 1:50 mark we see Flea demonstrate effortless mastery of his instrument. We’re watching years of dedicated effort manifested by mastery of the instrument.

If we want to be high performers we accept, and embrace the effort it will take to master the tools of our endeavor. To know those tools, to include ourselves in the equation, to the degree that there is nothing we don’t know about those tools. The external tool becomes an extension of our will. At that point it is us.

There’s a reason they call him Super

Super Dave Harrington doing what S-Dave does. Check it out, and get motivated. Maybe drag a treadmill onto the range and shake things up a bit. All hits, while moving. That’s how it’s done!

 

 

I talked to S-Dave about this clip and some of the backstory regarding this. One of the challenges of shooting on the move is the shooter will slow down to accommodate their vision, stabilizing the pistol, essentially taking it easy on themselves. Using a treadmill forces the shooter to keep the pace, and break the shot in a less than ideal moment. However, if we mount and stabilize the gun properly, see what we need to see to make the shot, and trust our technique we will be okay.

It’s incumbent upon us to find ways to challenge ourselves, and force ourselves out of our comfort zones. Only performance matters, and we should be ready to do whatever it takes to reach a higher performance level even if it is a little unorthodox.