Effective goal setting increases focus, motivation, direction, feelings of success, and self-confidence. A very common mistake is to set only outcome goals and to forget about process goals. Process goals give you specific here-and-now things to focus on, whereas outcome goals are just things we hope to accomplish.
The Coach and Athlete Relationship Because archery is such a technical sport, “drop-in” coaching sessions are rarely effective. In most cases, the coach’s reputation will suffice as coaching credentials; however, you might not accept at face value a coach’s success for this validation or trust. Coaches need to seek out as much archery knowledge by reading the literature on the development of archery skill and consulting with more experienced coaches and archers as they can.
If you have a goal (winning a particular tournament, shooting a personal best score, shooting a FITA round with all arrows scoring), your practice sessions should help you achieve it. Practice sessions, then, break down into three types--form practice, equipment setup and tuning, and tournament preparation. Your practice plan needs to include all of the elements of successful shooting--physical training, mental training, equipment preparation, and competition.
On that night a young, fast-talking heavyweight contender named Cassius Clay took on Sonny Liston, one of the most feared heavyweight champions in boxing history. When the fight started, Clay came out fast, firing his jabs and making Liston miss with wild swings. Liston surrendered between the sixth and seventh rounds, sitting on his stool--and Cassius Clay was the new heavyweight champion of the world.
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