As I start to look at 2014 I have put together some resolutions about something that is really important to me: shooting competitively. Here are some goals I have for next year:
1) This year, I will shoot more.
In 2013 I shot my first my first IDPA classifier and my first major match. In the coming year, I want to shoot in at least two major matches, and I will be putting some wood on the wall.
2) This year, I will train harder than I have ever trained before.
This really ties into resolution number one. I took a class in December 2013 that, among other things, taught me how to train. It taught me to run at 120% in training, so that in a match I’m not running at a break-neck speed that I have never run at before.
3) This year, I will classify Expert.
I have spent a year as an SSP sharpshooter. That’s long enough. It’s time to step it up.
4) This year, I will take more classes.
I took my first class this year. In order to grow as a shooter, I would like to add more to my “shooter portfolio” by increasing my knowledge and skills.
5) This year, I will lose weight and get in shape.
This is a pretty standard new year’s resolution, right? The motivation is a little different here. I’m not in the best shape, and on stage 11 of a 12 stage match, all of that starts to come into play. When I lose weight, get regular exercise, and eat right I will have much more energy and endurance for those long matches.
6) This year, I will take someone shooting.
I know that this is something that we are all supposed to do, but I must confess that I have never really gone out of my way to take someone to the range, or talk with them about shooting. This year I want to share my enjoyment of the shooting sports with someone new.
7) This year, I will make EVERY trip to the range mean something.
You know when you hit the range with your buddies and just end up making a lot of noise and spent brass? That’s fun, but it normally doesn’t make you a better shooter. That doesn’t really tie in with my other goals. I will make every trip to the range a chance to hone a skill, work on a weak area, or improve my mental game. I still want to have fun with my friends, but part of my fun is improving on what I love to do.
2014 is going to be a wonderful year. I am looking forward to all the new experiences I will have, the people I will meet, and sending lots of rounds down range.