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Goals do use them?
Do you use them for you students?
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On my quest for Mastery I use goals.
Over the last few months I have been casting working on getting ready for my THCI test and trying to get over a impingement in my right shoulder.
So I went back to setting Goals.
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Number one
Pass the THCI test
Number Two (these are the fun ones)
Get my off hand up (left) under control.
Number Three
No more shock dimples and secondary loops
Number Four
Cut down my casting noise
Number Five
Cast with just enough power to get the job done
Number Six
Slowing down the my casting speed so the student may observe the cast better.
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What are your goals and how do you think they will effect the your casting.
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Those are indeed worthy goals. My own personal goals are almost identical, except in reverse order, plus the addition of one extra: Goal Number Seven: Never blowing a cast 99% of the time. I believe that you need to set goals in order to advance. If not, ones casting will stagnate and never get any better. I feel it is the same with students. Give them an attainable goal, one which requires them to not only practice, but also think about what they must do in order to attain this goal.

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So blowing 99% of the cast is about normal.

My road has been full of plateaus and valleys of disappear and mountains of sheer ecstasy.
So blowing 99% of the cast is about normal.
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But I find the patience and practicing toward a goal help very much with the Consistency needed to meet ones dream.
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Statement.”A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,."
It really apparent the Ralph Waldo Emerson was not a Speycaster or for that matter a Fly caster of any kind. :tsk_tsk:
With consistency is comes confidence and self-assurance that one needs to progress toward your goal. :D
My goal is efficiency in casting making the smoothest, silent correct cast each and every time no matter what line, rod or hand I am using.
A bit arrogant and highhanded but is some much fun to work toward.
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One of my goals is to be able to read the student and recognize if I have over- whelmed him or her. We have been limiting the amount of information that we present on about four specific tasks. Then we make sure that the student has that much down before moving on to new concepts.

Another goal is learning to keep my mouth shut. I found that by not talking all the time after explaining a task, then letting the student "play", or better yet, letting the student do some self discovery, will reinforce what he/she has just learned to do.

As far as casting, it comes and goes. As time goes on one gets to know one's self fairly well.

Leroy.................

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Aaron, this is how I aproached preparing for the "Thickie" test. I'm fortunate to have each mornin' to practice on water just 3 minutes from the house. My philosphy is "the more I practice the more lucky I become". My philosphy about practice is to establish small goals for each practice session that are attainable and realistic. Make sure that each goal is solid in foundation by having other people's input and through self-discovery. Seven sessions on each solid element to establish a "muscle memory". If I was correcting a bad habit I would have to go 21 sessions to convert the bad to good. The process is slow but worth the effort. I discovered that many little goals solved some big problems. ie, I worked on my lift and anchor set then the big noisey casts disappeared. I worked on my bottom hand bearing more work and the secondary shock, sufficient power and slower casting tempo fell into place. Little goals are attainable and will make the major goals "pop" into place. Practice makes permanent not necessarily perfect. Make sure each element or goal is well established in good, solid information. Klem ,......::::>
 

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My number one goal is to find a piece of water here in Maryland that I can actually practice on. Until then, I am destined to postpone any fruitful endeavors till I return to Washington.

Vinnie
 
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