But making excuses can retard the growth of one’s self-image and personal performance. And in doing so, will make a shooter frustrated with their lack of progress. It’s the frustration of being on that endless treadmill to nowhere.
Excuses can be the result of a poorly motivated shooter who has limited or undefined goals. Given enough slack, it’s fairly easy to come up with an excuse for not striving and reaching their goals. And it’s not uncommon to hear their traditional whines: I don’t feel well, I’m short on cash, I had a bad day at work, my wife kicked the dog this morning, I can’t find reloading components or .22 ammo, my ballgun won’t make weight and my kids are bowlegged.
A shooter can dream up just about anything, even if it’s true. Then hold it tightly next to their heart and believe they’re powerless to move beyond it.
For those who actually achieve, they have one thing in common: Passion. For those who are passionate about their goals, they generally don’t have time for excuses. Individuals, who are focused and driven, stay determined. A manifestation of this type of mindset induces theses individuals to become positive and upbeat about the hurdles immediately facing them. For them, overcoming a hardship is what makes it fun.
They have dedication—and grit—to reach their goals.
|John with a 100-10x TF target|
They’re inclined to seek out solutions instead of being held back by their problems. If you want to excel in the sport, be the best you can be in any circumstance or location. Seek the will to overcome, instead of dwelling on those things that can’t be controlled.
Champions seek out solutions to all the struggles that come their way, instead of allowing those struggles to become excuses.
This reminds me of an old proverb that I’ve heard since childhood: “A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn.” ~ Unknown Author
Only moments ago, the image of my friend John Zurek came to mind. For those of you who know him he’s been enthused about competitive pistol shooting for decades. He’s an incredibly upbeat man who loves to not only share techniques with new shooters, but the passion he has for shooting sports and its future.
I have to admit, John’s quite the role model for both mental performance and being a positive human being. As I write this post he’s currently in Granada, Spain to compete in the World Championships.
My point is John didn’t make it to Spain by being negative or making excuses.
In life, there’re no real excuses. You’re the one in control. You’re the only one who decides whether or not you’ll advance toward your goals or recede from them. But to be realistic, it’s completely understandable there will be times when you’ll face new and great obstacles. So, one has to be adaptable with their goals. We have it in our power to control our desires and limit our own capability by embracing our negativity, doubt and frustration.
Decide today to pay attention how your inner-monologue talks about your goals. Are you driven, positive and motivated or are you tempted to find excuses? Most of us struggle with this in one way or another. But keep in mind when you give an excuse you could be derailing your advancement, which leads to making your goals even harder to obtain.