Tim and Ben are two of Canada’s best snipers. Having won the International Combat Sniper Championship together, served as Pathfinders and as master snipers in Wainwright, they have a thing or two to say taking your shot and visualizing success.
Also, find out the one thing that a master sniper is looking for in a sniper candidate, in this episode.
Tim (IG: @army_sgt_major) is a base jumper and free fall expert and was part of the only father son sniper team to serve in Afghanistan in the CAF.
Ben runs his own company, Sierra 64 Riflecraft and provides customized training to small groups and individuals.
So what do two hard chargers and consummate professionals have to say about becoming a top tier soldier?
There’s really no secret sauce according to Ben. When preparing for the International Combat Sniper Championships, taking their shot and visualizing their success ahead of time came down to:
- What are the fundamental skills needed?
- How do we break each skill down into digestible parts?
Once that is done, according to Ben, “It’s not what you know but how well you know it.”
For all of us who have had the privilege of serving and learning how to fire a service rifle, let’s do a little Principles of Marksmanship refresher.
H – Holding;
A – Aiming;
B – Breathing;
I – Instinctive Position;
T – Trigger Control
So, fundamentally, mastery is a deep understanding of the fundamentals according to Ben.
“Mastery is a deep understanding of the fundamentals.”
Ninety percent of sniping is mental and ten percent physical. Tim makes the connection between success and having the ability to conduct mental management. What is mental management?
Well, it’s not just positive self talk like Stuart Smalley. That won’t help you when the it’s all on the line. You gotta have a process.
The focus needs to be on PROCESS, NOT RESULTS.
This is not only relevant to sniping and sports but for business as well and something that I learned early on that I need to trust my process. So the important takeaway is to ensure you establish one. This is what separates the men from the boys. One of my favourite entrepreneurs that I follow is Gary Vaynerchuck, author of Crush It, and his following quote encapsulates what Tim and Ben are saying.
“I will never fail because there is no failure, the at bat is the macro win.”
– Gary Vaynerchuck
Don’t miss this killer episode, it’s right on target.
Train Hard, Fight Easy.
Dave is a retired infantry officer and Afghanistan war veteran. He’s the creator of the HRD2KILL training program that was built on the principles that got him from not being able to get out of bed to competing in the Crossfit Open, Spartan Races and the Montreal Gaelic Athletics Association. You can find more mobility based exercises in his new book, “The Nimble Warrior”, now available on Apple Books and Amazon or read his new HRD2KILL Blog