On Monday, Scott Jedlinski and I will start the first leg of the Modern Samurai Project West Coast Tour (https://modern-samurai-project.myshopify.com ). As some of you know, over the last year I have been unable to achieve the Black Belt Patch in a class. I have witnessed all but two being earned in that time. This is a frustrating situation as I’m about 80% passing it in practice.
Recently I attended a Steve Anderson (http://www.andersonshooting.com) class. To say my performance was not up to par would be an understatement. To reiterate how poorly it went, individuals who took that class who I often shoot with in matches AND who have been in my classes even commented, asking what was wrong with me. This was very demoralizing to me. It DESTROYED my self image. And that may not be a bad thing.
After the class, I was pondering what was going on with my shooting, my gunsmithing, my time, my life. To put it less eloquently, shit got real… After much reflection, I reached the conclusion that I already knew, but honestly had not thought was as bad as it truly was. I have always liked doing lots of things. In a recent interview with Civilian Carry Radio (www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3M6w-u_W9Q) Tatiana Whitlock referred to me as a Renaissance Man. I have always somewhat prided myself on that. Unfortunately, it seems to have finally caught up to me and there are far too many irons in the fire, as it were.
What does this look like? I often tell my wife “When everything is a priority, nothing becomes the priority.” And that is what has happened. My level of participation, as Anderson refers to it, has essentially dropped to nothing in my shooting in order to accommodate other things. I have shot less rounds this year (sitting under 10k pistol for 2019) than in any previous year, and a majority of that shot has been in matches. I have a couple full build, bespoke guns in the shop that have been on the job board for over a year now, and I HAAAAAATTTTE that!!!! As one of my friends used to tell me, “Life gets in the way.” My dryfire routine is non-existent at this point. I dry fired more in Anderson’s class than I had in the past 2 months combined, and there wasn’t a ton in the class.
So, what am I getting at here. It’s time for a re-structure. It’s time to reestablish some form of structure and prioritization to my goals and desires. Over the last couple years I’ve been fascinated with routines and rituals of successful individuals. Not just financially successful, but successful in any of their chosen endeavors. The power of habit it incredible. Recently I heard that it takes roughly 66 days to truly make something a habit, not 21 as is commonly thought.
So on Monday, we begin the MSP West Coast Tour. (That’s right, I just Tarantino-ed you!) Upon my return, we will begin 66 days of habit forming. This will entail an incredibly strict dry fire regime. It will also require a strict adherence to my live fire schedule. I’m hoping a byproduct of this whole process will be more regular posts here. This may be more of a time management exercise more than anything else, and that seems to be exactly what is needed. So, let the prep work begin.