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Constant, consistency, can lead to killer complacency.

Eric Loden

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Constant training is necessary to develop consistency in your techniques and your performance however we must never become complacent in our skill sets and our abilities.

We encourage you to stay safe, and train hard in every class and every time you leave us we try to remind you to keep that mindset until we see you again.

In our course sessions we assign homework between training sessions with suggestions on what the student needs to focus on in their training at home based upon what we are able to evaluate during the classroom or range time spent under the watchful eye of the Instructors.

These assignments may require as little as 15 minutes of dry practice once a day only 3 times a week, or they might be 3-30 minute sessions performed once every day. That depends on the course of study and what the student wants to achieve during their time with us.

Without a guided lesson plan... what are you doing for your training?

Simply taking what you have learned and putting it into practice is a great start. The next step of self diagnosis (being able to see, or feel what you are doing and being able to make those corrections yourself. (That is what we are hoping to have our students achieve.)

Many times people become complacent in their training. They reach a point where they know their skills are "good enough" to pass a certain skills test, or firing exam so they stop trying to improve and they self plateau, simply trying to maintain that skill level.

One of my favorite quotes about this topic is "Amateurs train until they get it right, professionals train until they cannot get it wrong." (Ask yourself and be honest in your answer.. what group are you in?)

How can you avoid the pitfalls of complacency?

Like going to the gym or starting any new program it is exciting at first as you learn new things, and begin to see some development. However for most individuals the excitement begins to wear off and we begin making excuses not to keep up with the training. (It might take a while before a routine becomes a habit or even better a lifestyle change takes place... you gotta stick with it.)

Routines can get boring! (I know I personally hate doing the same thing over and over again without learning something new, or really enjoying doing the activity in the first place.)

Some steps to take:

  • Push it!
    • Invest in a shot timer or download an app on your smartphone or tablet so you know your current time and you can try to better it little by little.
    • Shoot to a specific target area and once you achieve 100% accuracy either speed up the time or decrease the size of the target or both.
    • Distance also magnifies errors we make, so another way to decrease target size and show those exaggerated errors is to move your target further away.
  • Change it up!
    • Once you reach your goals on a specific exercise you can also alter the way it is performed. Try switching eyes, can you shoot it with both eyes open, or with your non dominant eye if your dominant eye is injured?
    • What about your support hand, if your primary hand is injured?
    • Switching stances, or even better moving while you are shooting can also increase the challenge and adds a bit more of a realistic street aspect to your skill sets.
  • Find a training buddy (accountability partner)
    • Having a partner to help encourage you and offer some helpful advice on what they can see from an outside perspective is always great.
    • Even if you can't train together at the same physical location, you might be able to use speakerphone to call exercises for each other. With a smartphone or tablet you could use a video call program and actually see each other.
  • Improvise, ADAPT, and Overcome.
    • Besides coaching via video you can use the screen to give a audio or visual cues. (In a dry practice scenario, the screen can provide a target as shoot or no-shoot targets are presented.)(Make a slide show of different targets and have it play at random) (We usually do not advise using your TV as a dry practice target, however if the appropriate safety measures are taken and the steps on how to dry practice safely are followed each and every time this can be done as a controlled environment)
    • Try new things, experiment with your gear, and with your surroundings, alter your training with different lighting situations, and moving targets.

If you have exercises that you love and want to share them with the community please describe them below. We would love to see some new challenges.

As always. Stay safe. Train hard. ADAPT.

More quotes on complacency:

"Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive." - Andy Grove
"A man's work is in danger of deteriorating when he thinks he has found the one best formula for doing it. If he thinks that, he is likely to feel that all he needs is merely to go on repeating himself . . . so long as a person is searching for better ways of doing his work, he is fairly safe."  - Eugene O'neill

"We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present." -  Thomas Edison

“There are few things more pathetic than those who have lost their curiosity and sense of adventure, and who no longer care to learn.”  - Gordon B. Hinckley

“The arrogance of success is to think that what we did yesterday is good enough for tomorrow.” -  William Pollard

“We've always done it this way" is invalid when that way hasn't led to more life, greater growth, or maximum efficiency. Take that how you will...business, personally, church, or family. Complacency is too easy to breed, and already has one foot in the grave.” - Aaron W. Matthews

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