As Lean Eaters
will know, Kaizen is the Japanese concept of continual improvement--of
doing a little more, a little better every day. Marc and I were at the
range the other day, and another couple whom we often see there happened
to join us on the steel range. Usually we only see them on the static
range shooting at paper targets, and we've seen them there frequently.
Honestly, I had never paid attention to their shooting skills until I
saw them shooting on the steel range. I've noticed that they often shoot
several different firearms of varying calibers, but never how well they
shoot them. The nature of the steel range, though, is such that one
can't help but notice others' skills. Frankly, I was surprised by their
lack thereof. They really were not very good at all, and I commented to
Marc how surprised I was at their poor shooting considering the amount
of time they spend at the range. In his seemingly infinite wisdom, Marc
made the point that doing the same wrong thing over and over again only
serves to ingrain bad habits. Instantly, the light bulb in my head went
on. How applicable to all aspects of life--especially the gym!
Showing up and going through the moves is so easy sometimes. The trick
is the focus, making sure the moves are worth their salt. The trick is
one more perfect rep or 5 more pounds or a bit more squeeze at the top.
The trick is one bite less, one bit leaner than last time. The trick is
occasionally reaching out to an "expert" for some recommendations about
how to improve what we're doing. The trick is continual improvement. Otherwise we're just wasting ammo.