Brunson talks about understanding the good shot. In the Anders Ericsson book "Peak" he refers to this understanding as having a good "mental representation". Two months ago or less I was in the camp that believed holding in the center was impossible for me and have always tried to stare down the X. Yes, it was impossible because the concept of staring down the X encourages movement. This is because in those rare instances when the dot actually centers and stays there you actually have to move it to see the X. For me this has been a constant battle of two forces fighting one another. The conscious part of me is fighting to center the dot and the subconscious part of me wants to move the damn thing out of the way so I can see what I'm shooting at. It's been like trying to force two like poles of a magnet together.
I'm in my infancy with this centering thing but I do see the light. I know it's possible because I can do it. Am I able to do it every time, no, as I'm still full of the demons from the past but I am getting there. Self-diagnosis is critical, and this can't be done without a good mental representation. My mental representation is obviously still in the development stage but I'm already seeing the benefit of the self-diagnosis ability that is developing along with it.
We have a local competition circuit consisting of 6 archery clubs and shops that have shoots each Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter season. I shot one this morning, a Blue/White 300 round. The lighting in this particular shop was poor. I let that bother me and as a result really struggled for the first 10 ends. About the 9th or 10th end I told myself to stop screwing around and just center the damn thing and shoot. My last 2 ends were nothing but X's. Ok, I shot lousy today but I came away with the understanding that my recent training is paying off. Yes, I can do it, but I have to "make" myself do it. The fact that I have enough understanding of my shot to bring myself back from the quagmire is big. I see nothing but positive things coming from this new mindset and direction that I am taking.