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    • Charles EkCharles Ek
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      Memo to self:

      Must concentrate on G. Fred Asbell’s article in new TBM: “Concentration and the Aging Bowhunter”.

      Ignore plethora of other excellent articles in same issue.

      Ignore yard mowing.

      Ignore garage cleaning.

      Ninety days to deer and turkey opener and counting.

      Ooops. Sorry G. Fred, I’ll try to get back on track.

    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      Eids

      “To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”

      forgot who said that. Likely one of them eastern trad archers:D

      Mike

    • SteveMcD
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      Focus Grasshopper! If the mind is astray, so will be your arrows.

      “I think therefore I miss”.

    • RalphRalph
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      I hope to not have to get this serious about it:

      โ€œDepend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.โ€

      ? Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3 ๐Ÿ˜€

      I decided to edit after I did some thinking today.

      I’m glad G Fred decided to write on the subject. A wake up call for me.

      I’ve noticed the last couple of years the further I go into a 30 target 3D shoot the worse I get. I was attributing that to my getting tired but when thinking about it I seem to start losing interest anymore and thus my concentration goes away.

      Why losing interest? Dunno. Maybe I’ve shot too many tournaments over the years? Maybe it’s because my competitive urge as decreased with age? Maybe I do get a bit more tired than when younger? A combination?

      So that make me think that when I’m hunting maybe I need to make sure my ‘thinker’ in line more so too.

      So thanks Mr. Asbell, give me another thing to concentrate on:D

      The desire to win is not very important anymore, comradeship with my fellow archers is.

    • Stephen Graf
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      Still waiting for my copy of the magazine. I think we must be on the end of the line. It’s usually two weeks after y’all start talking about it that I get my copy.

      Looking forward to this article. I know I have had some trouble with concentration. And like R2, I wonder if I am just getting board with the whole thing.

      It’s an odd juxtaposition. There are only two things I think about every seventeen seconds, archery being one of them ๐Ÿ™„ . Even though it take sup so much of my thought, when it comes right down to the act, I just can’t concentrate on it.

      If only I could get these two things straight… When I am in the act of archery, think only about the spot. When I’m doing the other thing, that’s when to think about baseball ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    • RalphRalph
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      Come on Steve, think Dallas Cowboys, not baseball!!!!!:D:D

    • Charles EkCharles Ek
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      Steve Graf wrote: Still waiting for my copy of the magazine. I think we must be on the end of the line. It’s usually two weeks after y’all start talking about it that I get my copy.

      I’m a VIP and our Webmom makes sure I get my magazine weeks ahead of the rest of you. Or maybe she just sends out a general announcement that the digital version is available online in advance of the printed ones being mailed. I have trouble remembering which it is. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Premium Membership โ€“ still available at the low, low price of just ten bucks annually! Snap it up before she changes her mind.

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      It’s an odd juxtaposition. There are only two things I think about every seventeen seconds, archery being one of them ๐Ÿ™„ . Even though it take sup so much of my thought, when it comes right down to the act, I just can’t concentrate on it.

      If only I could get these two things straight… When I am in the act of archery, think only about the spot. When I’m doing the other thing, that’s when to think about baseball ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      ๐Ÿ˜›

      ??

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      I got a chance last night to read G. Fred’s column. I always enjoy his writing. I have a couple of his books that I refer to now and again.

      I was struggling with my form and shooting this spring and early summer. I was away last week on vacation with my family. Nice time, relaxing, reading, writing, harassing some blue gills and generally taking it easy. I decided not to pack my bow, although there were lots of good stumping woods where we stayed.

      This morning I took the bow for a walk and after I loosened up a bit I took some shots. I really concentrated on my concentration and it felt good. Really drilled most of the shots. When I started getting closer to the house and my mind wandered to the list of things to be done, my shots began to stray bit by bit. The last shot I knew I was not being mindful, so I made it my last. G. Fred usually has good reminders for me.

      Thanks, Fred. best, dwc

    • Mark Turton
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      …..what was the question….squirrel

    • grumpygrumpy
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      dwcphoto wrote: When I started getting closer to the house and my mind wandered to the list of things to be done, my shots began to stray bit by bit. The last shot I knew I was not being mindful, so I made it my last.

      Thanks, Fred. best, dwc

      “That’s EXACTLY what happened to me the other day. I was thinking about all of the stuff I had to do, and kept missing th target.” Audrey

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