#1 Son likes to watch Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares. I like spending time with him, so I guess that means that I like to watch it, at least when I'm spending time with him. But I have to say that it was interesting, turning around lost causes where people simply don't know how to go about doing something.
In one of the episodes, Ramsey brought in a chef to teach the kitchen staff how to work a dinner service. The line that struck me was when this chef told everyone "Every plate perfect". Because that's what they teach at Appleseed.
Long time readers know that while I'm an enthusiastic shooter, I'm not a particularly good one. The reason is the same as those kitchen staff - I haven't had a system to use approaching my shooting. Appleseed is all about a mental system for you to use when you're shooting.
Some are physical: I'm better about the shooting sling than before, and I'm a lot better about the shooting positions (I didn't expect that I'd much prefer sitting to prone).
Some are mental: trigger control is perhaps the most obvious, but practice will perhaps remove some of this from the mental arena as muscle memory takes over. But the most important mental note is like that chef said: every shot perfect. Breathing is a mental task, as is handling offhand wobble. Being aware of what your body is doing to your point of aim is a mental effort that if you think on it, will improve your shooting.
But most important is to focus on the current shot. The last one - maybe a flyer, maybe not even scoring - that's past. The next shot is a lifetime away, as is the next target. To focus on nothing but the current shot, to make that perfect - that's surprisingly difficult. What's most interesting of all is that the process of doing that will tell you when your shot disappoints, and very possibly why.
Napoleon was right. The mental is to the physical as three is to one.