Archery is much more than just bow and arrows. There’s something therapeutic and immensely calming about being out in nature, thinking through how to line up each shot and controlling your breathing as you steady your aim. But beyond that are the numerous life skills you pick up, even subconsciously, in your archery practice.
Life Skills You Can Learn From Archery
Archery is one of those sports where you learn practical principles that can be applied to other aspects of life. There are several valuable life skills archery can teach you and so many ways to apply such skills. Let’s go over some of those skills and how they can be applied to your everyday life below.
Many archers find themselves striving for that one last shot at perfection before heading home after a long day of practice. Over time, achieving the perfect shot or set of shots becomes your main aim as an archer, and that drives you to spend long hours on end practicing and improving your archery form and shooting accuracy.
Eventually, this determination and passion for excellence become so ingrained that it spills onto other areas of your life - academics, career, or regular day-to-day activities. As with archery, you want to strive for excellence in all you do. Applying that determination to multiple aspects of one’s life can put you at an advantage and really set you up for success.
Time management is a critical skill for everyone, especially in today’s fast-paced world. Proper time management lets you control how you spend your time, boosting efficiency and thus enhancing your performance and productivity levels. On the other hand, poorly managed time can result in inconsistency, lack of focus, and inability to effectively achieve set goals.
As with a lot of sports, you understand that your archery practice time is precious. You want to dedicate enough time to it and maximize each practice session. As a result, you want to ensure everything else in your life is, to a degree, planned out.
You can only get better at archery through practice, but this is also true for other things in life. Like planning a speech for a class or getting a presentation ready for work, the importance of proper time management can’t be overemphasized.
Problem Solving Skills
Remember that time you had to spend a few hours re-tuning your bow? Or when you had to figure out how to get your bow working after traveling to a tournament, and TSA seemed to break an important piece of your equipment? You had to think your way around the problem. Tinkering, if you will, with the possibilities of what could work or not work.
Similarly, as you study and mentally prepare for a particular shot, whether in a bowhunting or target shooting scenario, you subconsciously adjust based on the situation at hand. An archer’s level of instantaneous problem-solving can be critical to archery success, particularly when those shots turn out to be rather tricky.
Archery is not always an easy sport. Now and then, an archer is faced with unexpected circumstances to which he must quickly fix or learn to adapt. The same is applied to other areas of life. From having to deal with the diverse problems encountered in archery practice, one can make even the most difficult problems easier with “out of the box” thinking. This makes you solution-oriented rather than problem-focused - a trait that can be extremely beneficial in both personal and professional aspects of life.
Life has gotten so frantic, making speed seem like an all-important virtue. It’s, in fact, popular belief that in order to be successful, you must maintain a frenetic pace that’s almost impossible to keep up.
Archery is practically the opposite of that. To succeed in archery, you have to slow down, way down. Patience is a non-negotiable virtue for all archers to possess, as it only takes a short time for new archers to realize that rushing a shot never produces favorable results. As an archer, you can’t just get your gear ready and start shooting. You have to find your balance and clear your mind before you can really focus on the target.
By slowing things down, you start to realize the surprising power that lies in approaching things more calmly. In fact, you come to understand that the entirety of your archery success relies on slowing down, as that’s how you can take time to work on your posture, breathing, focus, and other crucial things that are pivotal to your success as an archer. Instinctively, you begin to exhibit a greater level of patience with time, and this trait eventually becomes evident in other areas of your life - making you a better archer and, consequently, a better person.
Attention To Detail
The sport of archery entails small pieces of details and information, all of which are crucial to the success of each shot and your overall prowess as an archer. Archery requires repeating the same mechanics time after time. To consistently hit the bull eye while shooting, you must be able to clear your mind to critically think through the details, minimize distractions and focus on what really matters to the execution of a good shot.
As you progress in your archery journey, you subconsciously become more detail-oriented, developing a behavioral propensity towards consistency, thoroughness, and accuracy. In no time, your strong attention to detail begins to reflect in your career and regular activities, helping you minimize errors and boosting your overall productivity.
Archery Has Life Skills For Everyone
If you’re a professional archer, we’re sure that by now, you can recognize how much archery has impacted you since the start of your archery journey. And as for beginner archers, you can relax and be assured that there are several life skills you’d pick up over time - from patience, to focus, discipline, character, and more. The list is endless with archery - you are in for a treat!