Flight Schooler’s unrecognized progress

To a relatively new Flight Schooler

Do you, have you, found yourself not even thinking about a number or numbers, but just sticking a dart into it, them, to get on to the next one in line? I suspect that might be the case. Just thought I might bring this up so you can think about the positives of your slow, slogging, progress.

Yeah, the ones that take the longest, and last to hit, are the ones where your real learning takes place. It’s where you learn to feel your loss of focus/determination, the most difficult thing to learn.

Congratulations, I can see your improvement without seeing your darts sticking.

Your support network of one, George S.

From: Flight Schooler
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 4:29 PM
To: George Silberzahn
Subject: Re: Flight School Status

Thanks George! There most certainly progress, and quite often of the slow and slogging kind. That being said I must admit that I have
started to become guilty of competing with myself.  In trying to keep my time for the 7 numbers to something under 40 minutes and the
inevitable disappointment when I go past that mark gives me a ‘I already lost’ feeling even if I had otherwise been shooting well or at least in
a focused manner and what I would have done in 50 minutes ends up taking 60-70 minutes.  I think a simple solution to that would to simply stop looking at the clock.  Maybe I’ll ignore the clock and just put the darts in as I put them in. As far as adding numbers, a that is mostly looking for a bit of variety but also it kind of bugs me I don’t spend a lot of time sticking darts into certain numbers like the double 5.  I suppose I’ll need to finish what’s on my plate first!  Slog slog slog…Also I think maybe I don’t quite understand what you are
actually saying about ‘not even thinking about numbers’. I mean I have to think about it to see what is next on my list..  As for losing
focus/determination I do know I can kick into an elevated level of focus that is almost transcendent and it’s where I am most likely throw a really stray dart, but it also the state where I throw my biggest scores. The only problem is that it is draining in a way or certainly hard to sustain.  If I could click into that and stay there longer I would be very good.  I’m kind hoping of learning that.  It’s hard, especially since  I think the doing well from being so focused creates the euphoria and all the brain chemistry that goes along with it that breaks the focus. Also, sometimes I can just say ‘oh d15?” and zip I throw it in and I haven’t used any kind of spot shooting or anything. Good thing or bad thing in the long run? Ok that is a lot of questions for someone who said they weren’t going to ask any more questions..

On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM, George Silberzahn <challengegeo@comcast.net> wrote:

Quotes from your email:

“Also, sometimes I can just say ‘oh d15?” and zip I throw it in and I haven’t used any kind of spot shooting or anything. Good thing or bad thing in the long run?”

Reply from George: Quotes from your email:

“I don’t quite understand what you are actually saying about ‘not even thinking about numbers’”

This, above, is what I’m saying in different words.
Definitely a good thing – it’s ‘taking out the trash,’ and I suggest you are using everything!!

This is the prowess I talk about. It’s knowing something and a lot of the supporting psychobabble without conscious thought.

It’s what leads to truly being “good.”

 

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