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Hey lads, i was just wondering how you keep motivated because i always seem to lose confidence and stop practicing!
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My main motivation to practice is the feeling I get when I throw well and win games. When I go into a slump, I recall those feelings and the enjoyment and that is what gets me off my backside and in front of my board.

Plus the fact that I hate losing. lol
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(06-15-2013, 11:23 PM)Jimbo21 Wrote: My main motivation to practice is the feeling I get when I throw well and win games. When I go into a slump, I recall those feelings and the enjoyment and that is what gets me off my backside and in front of my board.

Plus the fact that I hate losing. lol

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Drinking motivates me to throw darts, But as your only 15 try milk or orange juice LOL.

Head down arm up, no one likes practice but it is needed to be the best you can be.
Try playing a variety of different games for practice and keep trying to beat your P.B. of those particular games. Be it a marks per round or a least shot's game.

And as Dave (aka Jimbo) says, you gota think about your good darts and forget about your sprays cuz with practice those spray's will get less and less and the good darts come more and more.
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just enjoy yourself for now, your still very young. Dont practice to the point of boredom as that will not do you any good.
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you definitely need to make sure you don't burn yourself out. Keep the practice routines short yet worthwhile and always end them on a good note. Even if you aren't hitting big numbers give yourself a simple task to close on when you are having an off day. Also, find other outlets. Then, you will find, or at least I do, that you can't wait to get back in front of the board
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I don't need much motivation. One thing that does help is that I'm seeing improvment in the midst of the frustration.

Despite the craziness of the game, I honestly really enjoy throwing darts and playing the game.
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It never hurts to take a day or two off here and there...don't always feel like you have to be in front of that board every single day or you're gonna get worse. Think about the big picture and what you want out of darts, if you just want to be avg. or slightly above then be happy with what you're doing. If you want to be the best around then you definately need to put the time in. I go through spurts where I practice like a mad man and just can't get enough, then there are other times when I could really care less wether or not I play for 2 or 3 days (rarely is it ever longer than that). When I have comps. coming up I put in more time but thats just me. I like the feeling of being one of those players that no matter who you are you know you have to be on your game to beat me and in order to do that you have to practice thats what motivates me!

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Vary your practice routines. Try shooting strictly for doubles, triples etc., and don't forget the importance of that single fat number dart to set up your out shot. For instance, 51 with S-19 for D-16 or S-11 for D-20. A lot of games are lost by missing a simple single number at the end of 01 games. Even the pros get it wrong sometimes, but not as often as us amateurs.

Enjoy the game, try to not get frustrated, and if you do, step back for a while and get composed. Bad things happen when you're frustrated and that usually leads to even more frustration.

I mentioned this in here a while back about how a friend and I try to finish up our practice. I made small wood tiles similar to Scrabble tiles and numbered them 41-100 and put them in a can. Pull a tile from the can and try to hit the out shot with darts in hand.

If you don't hit it, at least try to leave yourself a one dart out by leaving an even number for double. We give ourselves 2 pts. for every out hit, 1 pt. for leaving a single dart outshot and subtract 1 pt. for not hitting the out or leaving an odd number after 3 darts. We're old enough to drink beer, so the loser buys the beer for the next session. How's that for motivation?
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What do you Nutz think on the general topic of motivation?
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(07-12-2017, 05:18 PM)Cat Wrote: What do you Nutz think on the general topic of motivation?

As far as general topic and what motivates me is I like to be productive and do things, and you can't accomplish much if you procrastinate, sit on the couch all day watching the tube, or even be on these things for hours on end.   

I like balance in my life and I do enjoy my leisure time as much as I do when I'm busting butt doing things.    My lovely wife works and I'm retired, so I am the one who takes care of the brunt of the housework, clothes washing, cooking, gardening and yard work, plus maintaining the house to keep things in shape.    All the vehicles are maintained by me and I have a nicely set-up woodworking shop that I have used to make a good bit of our furniture and one-off things for folks that desire a cabinet that they can't find to fit that little oddly shaped space in their homes.

I learned at an early age the value of working with my hands and learning how to fix things.   That has paid me back in spades over the years simply on the amount of "sweat equity" I've managed to build by doing much of the work myself on the 3 homes I've bought and lived in during my adult years.    I like to kid with people and tell them I do the things I do because I'm cheap and hate to spend money, but it's more like I'm frugal and like to be independent.  

For instance, I just finished a whole house exterior paint job on my 2 story wood framed house that is getting close to 100 years old.   I gathered all the receipts just last week and totaled them and it came to just under $2500 for paint, caulking, a couple new brushes and rollers and related supplies.   If I had a contractor do the job it would have cost me close to $25K to do the job like I did it.   There's that "Sweat Equity" I was talking about.
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(07-12-2017, 06:06 PM)gumbo2176 Wrote:
(07-12-2017, 05:18 PM)Cat Wrote: What do you Nutz think on the general topic of motivation?

As far as general topic and what motivates me is I like to be productive and do things, and you can't accomplish much if you procrastinate, sit on the couch all day watching the tube, or even be on these things for hours on end.   

I like balance in my life and I do enjoy my leisure time as much as I do when I'm busting butt doing things.    My lovely wife works and I'm retired, so I am the one who takes care of the brunt of the housework, clothes washing, cooking, gardening and yard work, plus maintaining the house to keep things in shape.    All the vehicles are maintained by me and I have a nicely set-up woodworking shop that I have used to make a good bit of our furniture and one-off things for folks that desire a cabinet that they can't find to fit that little oddly shaped space in their homes.

I learned at an early age the value of working with my hands and learning how to fix things.   That has paid me back in spades over the years simply on the amount of "sweat equity" I've managed to build by doing much of the work myself on the 3 homes I've bought and lived in during my adult years.    I like to kid with people and tell them I do the things I do because I'm cheap and hate to spend money, but it's more like I'm frugal and like to be independent.  

For instance, I just finished a whole house exterior paint job on my 2 story wood framed house that is getting close to 100 years old.   I gathered all the receipts just last week and totaled them and it came to just under $2500 for paint, caulking, a couple new brushes and rollers and related supplies.   If I had a contractor do the job it would have cost me close to $25K to do the job like I did it.   There's that "Sweat Equity" I was talking about.

I agree, doing a lipstick job on my interior based on the same motivations.  I can see why you're the Darter you are as I'll bet you've applied the same principles to Darting.
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I get bored easily with practice so I have to move on fairly quickly through a variety of games. If I'm playing well I'll keep a game going slightly longer but if not I move on to something new to keep the motivation. Nine times out of ten it works for me. As I cycle back through the games the quality gets better and better until I'm at my optimal level. Interestingly, when it doesn't go well I'm usually too tired and shouldn't be throwing!

Took me a while to figure out that tiredness draws away my motivation because it affects the quality of my play!
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The last thing I've realised is that going and playing with the pub team on Monday nights has improved my motivation massively. Monday nights are my fav night of the week. I realise you're too young for the pub but there may be a youth league or something near you that can give you that same drive and enjoyment from playing with a group.
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I have to want to play to be motivated, I lost that feeling for a few years and drifted away from the game.

It done me good tbh, I now want to play.

With regards to my practice, I have a set routine and just play against no1 (501 x 5 legs against levels 6,7,8 & 10)

I also agree with Mortal Ankle, I like my darts night out, the social aspect is important, I enjoy a drink, chat and match with my mates down the pub. (It is important to have some bloke time, it also gives Mrs F4tboy a break from me! Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images. )

Basically, the more I am enjoying the game, the more I want to play or practice.
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