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Setting Archery Goals (or any type of goal)

Although this article on archery goals was written originally to encourage archers, I can’t help but think how much these steps could relate to anything in life you would like to achieve.   

Think about #3 and how being positive is such a huge element to your success.

Setting Archery Goals

When setting goals, it’s important to …

  1. Write them down.
  2. Be specific and set a deadline.

This one is big. If you don’t set a time frame for the goal, it’s easy to push it aside and forget its purpose. Setting a deadline instills urgency. Instead of just saying, “I want to be good at archery,” you should say, “I will win a state archery title by the time I’m 18.”

  1. Keep them positive.

Write your goals as positive statements. For example, write something like, “Keep a clean release,” instead of, “Don’t let my hand come away from my face.”

Or, “I am going to learn how to make my own arrows by November.”  We can help you with that one, by the way!

  1. Regularly review and modify your goals.

This is one of the most important (but often overlooked) steps in setting goals. It’s important to reflect often on your goals. Ask yourself if your motivations or primary goals have changed.

Are your mid-range goals unattainable for the time specified? Be honest with yourself. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to edit your goals.

Why set Archery Goals?

Finally, some archers might ask, “Why set any goals?” I’ve heard this question before, and here is one of my favorite answers:

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” — Bill Copeland

Ultimately, goals draw my road map. They show me where I’m going, they let me re-evaluate my ambitions at any time, and they inspire extra motivation when I might not feel like practicing.

Ready to set archery goals of your own? Start locally, at a nearby archery store, where you can find out about lessons, equipment rental, and more.

Let us know in the comments what your archery goals are for this year!

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