Tournament Strategies: Proven Keys For Best Performance | Bass Fishing

Have you ever had a day on the water turn
into frustration instead of fun?Are you thinking about giving up on your dream
of becoming a tournament angler?Do you just want to win in the game of life?Hi guys, my name’s Brandon Gray, and I believe
that decisions determine destiny. It’s become my mission to use meaningful stories
and powerful examples to help people makethe best decisions. I’ve been blessed to work with entrepreneurs
from across the country, multi-million dollarcorporations, and nationally ranked college
football programs. Most recently, I’ve been working with tournament
anglers. I’m proud to announce that I’ve teamed up
with BassResource to help you guys win betweenthe cast. So, how do we do that?How do we go about winning?We’re doing everything we can. We’re reading all the articles, we’re on the
forums, we’re on BassResource. We’ve got all their latest equipment: rods,
reels, down scan, side scan. You name it, we got it. Yet, the secret to winning isn’t any of that. The secret to winning actually lies between
your ears. It’s based upon three letters: C, C, R, Circumstance,
Choice, and Response. The second C is up to me. You see, the crazy thing about life is that
our thoughts become our actions, our actionsbecome our habits, and our habits, well, they
become our destiny. And so, if we can change the way we think,
then we can change our destiny. The scary thing about it is that we walk around
all day and don’t even realize it, that we’retalking to ourselves, all day long. And what’s even more scary is that you tend
to believe you. So, how do we change that?The first step to winning a CCR, let me give
you a story. Let me give you an example from my own life. A few years ago, I had a four year old daughter,
her name’s Madeline, and we were about tocarry Madeline to see Santa Claus. And, do you remember from being a child?I mean, this is one of the biggest days of
the year, when you finally get to go see Santa. So, we leave, it’s after church on a Sunday. I remember it like it was yesterday. We drive down to the mall and, on the way,
I’ve got this kid in a frenzy. Now, I’m telling you, I’m talking about elves
and reindeer, and having your list ready. And, I mean, we get inside that mall, she’s
ready to bust up in there and see Santa Claus. Well, we walk in the mall, and Sears, where
Santa Claus is at, is at one end of the mall,and we’re down at the other, at the beginning
of the line. And I see real quick that my one day off,
my Sunday, is about to be spent standing inline. I don’t do well in lines, and so I begin to
complain. I begin to feel sorry for myself. I begin talking to myself, saying, “Man, I
can’t believe this. You’ve got to waste all day. “I’m not gonna tell a four year old we’re not
doing this. I mean, she’s hopped up on sugar and I’ve
already made promises!So, I begin to pout and complain, I’m not
paying any attention to what’s going on aroundme. Quite a bit of time goes by. We make our way up and we’re just about to
see Santa. And I noticed the family in front of me, there’s
something special about them. They had three kids. The youngest didn’t have a hair on her head. Obviously, she’s battling some form of childhood
cancer, and everything changes. My attitude changes, my outlook changes. I go from feeling sorry for myself to thanking
God about how blessed that I am. I’m thankful that I’m not having to deal with
the struggles and the pain that that familyis, and I’m grateful. What changed?What changed in that situation?The line was still there, I had still spent
all afternoon standing in it. But what changed?You see, what I said to myself about what
was going on is what had changed. CCR: Circumstance, Choice, and Response. The circumstance was still the same. My response, however, had changed, because
of the. . . get this, because of the C, the secondC, the choice that I was making. If we can change the way we talk to ourselves,
we will take the first step to winning. All right, let’s apply this to fishing. So, you’re out in the boat, all excited to
go ledge fishing. You’ve been reading on BassResource about
it, you got the crankbaits ready, you’re usingyour down scan, you find the ledge, pull up
on it and begin to fish. First cast, nothing. Second cast, nothing. Third cast, you feel her hit and Big Mama’s
on the line. You start reeling, setting the hook, she comes
up to the surface. Right as you about have her to the boat, she
looks at you and smiles and spits that crankbaitout. What do you do?What do you start saying to yourself?Do you kick?Do you cuss?Do you slam the rod down and say, “This always
happens to me, I never catch anything!Can’t believe I’m wasting all my time and
money out here!”?Well, if you have that reaction, if you make
that choice to the circumstance that you’rein, guess what?The rest of your day’s fried. You’re already subconsciously not in the zone. You are subconsciously worried about everything
else. What are you saying to yourself in that moment?Circumstance, Choice, and Response. The second C is up to me. You choose how you’re going to respond to
that event. Now, whenever you’re doing it for a paycheck,
all of a sudden it got real serious. What are you saying to yourself now?Stop. Calm down and realize what you’re doing. You see, if I can change the way I talk to
myself, I take the first step in winning. If I can stay focused by talking to myself
the right way, Circumstance, Choice, and Response,the second C is up to me. If I can choose to respond differently and
say to myself, “Hey guys, I’m on a school,cast again. If I caught one, I can catch another. The day’s just started, I got plenty of time,”
what are you gonna say to yourself when thosethings happen?You see, that’s what separates those who win,
whether it’s in business, whether it’s inathletics, whether it’s in fishing and whether
it’s in life, from the people who don’t. It’s your choice how you respond to circumstances. That’s the key to winning. CCR, the second C is up to me. Once again, my name’s Brandon Gray, glad to
be teaming up with BassResource, so visitBassResource. com. Be sure you go there to learn more about fishing,
and look forward to more videos like thisin the future.

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