Shooting in competitive matches can be very intimidating. There are so many people with many different skill levels, from the average Joe to the shooter that clears the stage faster than you can blink an eye. It can really mess with your head because you think “Will I ever be that good?”

100000548497058_1025839But what does “good” mean? For me, good is not being the best out of everyone, but being the best for myself. For others, I believe it is whatever you did better this time that you didn’t last time, is good. You’ll get better with time and practice. Remember these words “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.” It’s ok to go out there and ask a million questions and go slower than a turtle in mud. As long as you’re having fun, that is good. A range officer would rather you be slow and safe then fast and disqualified for not thinking.

I went to a match today after almost half a year of not shooting, I had to constantly remind myself that I was shooting for myself, not anyone else. I was doing things I hadn’t done since I first started shooting in competitions three years ago. I had to slow way down and just remember the basics. I told myself a hundred times “Front site….press trigger…front site…press trigger…” And I got better with every shot. As long as you are improving, that is good. You don’t have to clear every stage and win every match to be good. Just as long as you shoot for yourself and have fun.