When practicing their putting, pro golfers often putt to tees in the ground instead of an actual hole.
Snipers pick a button on a shirt.
The best hunters pick a hair, not an area.
All three are utilizing the same strategy:
Aim Small = Miss Small
If you’ve seen American Sniper, you may recognize this advice.
Turns out, this phrase is more than a catchy maxim.
Studies on shooters support it. I’ll explain on the newest BHP Short, but it supports the notion that narrowing our focus tightens our groupings, making our misses/bad shots/mistakes smaller in magnitude.
Since you’re reading this far, here’s the takeaway: the more we narrow our focus, the greater our odds of success and the smaller our deviations.
Pick a target and get specific. Very specific.
Then, put in the hours of deep, focused work to improve and work towards mastery – whether it’s sales, shooting, putting, cooking or any other skill.
Make training/preparation more difficult than the real thing.
Remember, we won’t rise to our exceptions – we fall to the level of our training.
Or as Steven Pressfield so poignantly puts it:
Amateurs do it until the get it right.
Pros do it until they can’t get it wrong.