I know this is the time of year that many people start thinking about the future months and make various new year resolutions from, losing weight and eating healthily to quitting smoking etc. In archery terms its more likely to be related to I will practise more, I’ll try and increase my average or personal best etc.
Personally I’m not a big one for new year resolutions.
Why? Well I guess I think if these changes are so important why wait until the new year?
Though I can understand that many people use the start of the new year as the reason for a change which is fair enough. But what I would say is don’t let an early failure or set back stop you. We are all full of good intentions after Christmas, wanting to achieve stuff etc but as time goes on our good intentions don’t always materialise into ongoing good actions.
This can be down to a lack of motivation, working life impact on spare time or health issues.
Take me for an example. Since Christmas I had planned to get to the gym and do more archery practise, this has failed thanks to having a chesty cough / cold for over 2 weeks. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to make the change, just that its delayed.
Guess what I am saying is, if you don’t get to the gym or have a relapse into unhealthy eating, don’t let it stop you from having another go. It doesn’t have to be New year resolution to make a change. You can make a change two weeks in or two months. Remember few things that are worthwhile work first time. Think back to when you were a child, chances are you fell over a few times before you managed to learn to walk.
One last thing I’d say…
Lots of people make new year resolutions that focus on themselves. Why not think about a resolution to help others or your club?
All archery clubs need the support of their members, not just in turning up to shoot the course but in maintenance of the facility, clearing paths, repairing targets etc. Why not make one of your resolutions to be give up a afternoon a month to help maintain your clubs grounds or help out at a have a go session.
Anyway Happy New year all and good luck with all your endeavors this year and the future.
Thanks for reading.
Some good advice about helping the club. It is my 2014 resolution to pick my longbow up again (and my blog Year of the Bow is based on this). What club do you attend? from the pictures it looks like beautiful countryside. I will be attending my local club near Hertford, it is based at a rebuilt iron age village but the woodlands are lacking a bit.
Good luck and best wishes,
Thanks for the comments. Good luck with the longbow, have to get a string for mine. As for club we shoot for Severn Valley, Ombersley, near Droitwich, Worcester under the National Field Archery Society. This allows us to shoot different club grounds all over the country.