In 2009, I set goals for myself for my shooting sports accomplishments. Some of those goals were realistic, and some of them quite aptly demonstrate how unfocused I was in my goals in the shooting sports. To put it mildly, very, very unfocused. With that painful lesson in mind about setting realistic goals, here are my goals for 2010 which hopefully are a bit more realistic and focused than I was in 2009.
- Shoot Master class in IDPA Enhanced Service Revolver division.
Right now, I’m Expert Class. The last time I shot the qualifier, I missed Master by about 10 seconds, but there are places in that qualifier where I could easily shave that time in points or penalties.
- Break 1600 in Bianchi Cup and/or finish in the Top 10 in Production Division.
Again, this is another goal that I’m right on the cusp of. With limited practice and training time, I shot a 1458 last year, and finished in the Top 20 at Bianchi Cup. I feel like focusing and practicing will allow me to improve on that finish if I actually dedicate some significant range time to preparing for The Cup.
- Defend my Indiana State Steel Challenge Revolver Division title.
That one pretty much explains itself.
- Win the Indiana State IDPA State Championship outright in Enhanced Service Revolver division.
Last year, I won my class/division, ESR Expert, but lost the overall division crown to a shooter that just plain outshot me. Not this year. My goal this year is to win the whole thing.
- Shoot more USPSA revolver stuff
- Improve my classification in ICORE Limited division to A-class.
I was overly ambitious with my goals last year. Unfortunately, I let my eyes get bigger than my stomach in terms of the matches I wanted to shoot and things I wanted to do. This year, the focus is on being realistic. I want to set manageable goals, and I also don’t want to kill myself trying to make it to every major match in the country, all while trying to hold down a real job, a marriage, and some kind of life outside of the shooting sports.