“A high percentage of top performers keeps some form of daily performance journal. Tennis champion Serena Williams and former World Series MVP Curt Schilling use notebooks; the rapper Eminem and the choreographer Twyla Tharp use shoeboxes, which they fill with ideas written on scrap paper. What matters is not the precise form. What matters is that you write stuff down and reflect on it. Results from today. Ideas for tomorrow. Goals for next week. A notebook works like a map: It creates clarity.”
The honest truth is that this one while a habit of mine, was not an easy one. Sometimes it felt like I was just logging stuff just to log stuff. At least until I happened to just back into some pages of one of my logbooks (I made up some preform attend ones for my programs long ago) to get sample material for an article. Upon reading my pages, and reflecting on them I thought “this is a goldmine!” All right under my nose, I has written it all down…but had failed to take the time to reflect on it. Upon reading the material I had logged I started to see patterns that guided my training to this day. That is the key- reflection!
1. Buy a small notebook or pre formatted logbook (check out the store for mine) to document your training.
2. Start religiously taking notes of your training. Include what you drilled, how it went, and key measurements. See a sample of a pre-formatted logbook here.
3. MOST importantly, schedule a reflection session once a week. Maybe best done in a distraction free place, even the range after your last practice session. The key is to simply take the time to reflect on what your training is doing for you, and where you may need to adjust.
Excerpt (in quotes) From: Coyle, Daniel. “The Little Book of Talent.” Bantam Books, 2012-08-21. iBooks.
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Until Then – Train Hard!