“Even when you have an organization brimming with talent, victory is not always under your control. There is no guarantee, no ultimate formula for success. It all comes down to intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing. When you do that, the score will take care of itself.”
– Bill Walsh

People that know me will likely be surprised at my referencing a noted ball sports coach, especially one involved in American gridiron football. Successful participants and leaders in any high level endeavor will have valuable insights useful to anyone seeking performance improvement.

Some insights:

  • Believe in people (and yourself). Push them hard to be their very best. No one will ever come back later and thank you for expecting too little of them. Shooting competition is an ideal way to push yourself.
  • Professionalism matters. No showboating allowed after wins touchdowns, no taunting of other competitors, no demonstration to attract attention to oneself. “Champions act like champions before they’re champions.” Learn to act like a winner by entering events where you can win, realizing you very well might not.
  • Protect your blind side. Prompt yourself to aggressively analyze your own strengths and vulnerabilities. No one can analyze anything without a way to test and measure, such as having a score or other numerical assessment.
  • Sometimes you can’t have the last word.  Harsh criticism can’t always be escaped. Sometimes, even the less skillful will wrongly cast barbs. Ignore the undeserving and learn from the deserving. Lick your wounds and move on. Your bruised ego will get over it.

The Score Takes Care of Itself is also a perfect philosophy on approaching your shooting and other training. Victory is not always under your control. There are no guarantees and no single, ultimate formula for success. However, if you have truly approached your skills in an intelligent manner, having sought and used solid approaches that produced real, measurable improvement, you will fare much better than most. This will show itself in any form of empirical, objective measure of skill as well as success real world.

Even if competition is not your goal, if your training and practice is sound you will have good results. You won’t be able to help yourself. The score will take care of itself.