If you're wondering what The Impossible Goal is, you can read about it here.
It's amazing how quickly 360-400 wpm went from sounding like gibberish to merely sounding too fast. Why didn't I practice at these super-high speeds before?? As in ten years ago? Well, all I had then were cassette tapes, I guess, but if I reeeaaalllly wanted to do it, I would have. Speed and realtime contest winners don't just show up one day and win over and over again. What are you willing to sacrifice to get that good?
Here's a link to the Simple Dollar blog that talks about the price of training. Are you willing to pay the price of change?
I've been adding briefs to my dictionary and my flashcard app pretty much systematically, as in going through the Magnum Steno book and adding a column of regular-word briefs, then a column of proper nouns, and then a column of phrases, going page by page. Not every day, but every day I'm working at home I try to add a column.
However, these past two weeks I've started hearing a lot of "there" phrases -- "in there," "around there," "were there," etc. So I'm skipping ahead and entering them in my dictionary.
Nashville's less than 13 months away!