Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

This marksman challenge is a little different than the ones that came before it. Instead of focusing on a hard skill or capability, we’re pivoting to cultivating a successful mindset. How are we going to do that, you ask?

By focusing on setting and achieving goals. Together.

I shared my goal setting philosophy with you in episode 9 of the podcast

Taking Action

At its heart, The Everyday Marksman is about taking action. The more action you take, and the more wins you amass in the process, then the stronger your mindset becomes.

As Coach Lombardi put it, winning is a habit. So even if you have to start with small wins and slowly build up to big wins, that’s still building a habit towards success. For this challenge, you are going to set a goal, tell us about it, and then follow it through to completion. 

It doesn’t matter whether or not your goal is big or small. The intent is to take action. Pick anything you want, be it fitness related, shooting, or even accomplishing another marksman challenge.

It’s that simple.

The Go-Getter Challenge Rules

Let’s talk about the rules for this one. To complete the challenge, you must start a thread in the Challenge Training Log section of the Community Forum. In your opening post, write out your complete goal according to the goal setting system. Use my goals template that I shared in the podcast episode, if you wish.

At a minimum, your opening post must include the following:

  • The goal itself, listed in C-B-R (Condition, behavior, standard) format
  • Your deadline for completing the goal- you must have a deadline
  • Write down the payoff you will receive for accomplishing this goal
  • Explain the things that might hold you back from your goal (your hazards)
  • List the countermeasures for those hazards
Once you have those, I encourage you to write additional sub-goals along the way. 

Go-Getter Level 1

To complete level one of the challenge, you must complete the goal you set out to do on or before the deadline you set for yourself.

Additionally, you must post at least a weekly journal entry detailing how you are progressing towards your goal. This is both for your own accountability, and to give others the chance to cheer you on. 

We’re all in this together.

I get that the temptation here is to pick something easy and simple, but I want you to reach for it. Easy goals will not motivate you the way that challenging ones will.

Here are some examples you might pick from:

  • Something health or fitness related
  • Logging a certain amount of dry fire time over 30 days
  • Completing another marksman challenge
  • Competing in a match
  • Attending training

Go-Getter Level 2 and 3

To reach Level 2, the rules are simple. Set and accomplish a second goal. 

If winning is a habit, then why stop at successfully conquering the first goal? Level 2 is about keeping the trend going. The same rules apply.

Reaching Level 3 means doing it all over again for the third time.

Providing Proof

No challenge is complete without proof. 

So to complete any level of the challenge, you have to provide photographic or video proof that you accomplished the goal you set out for. We’ll make exceptions for goals that are difficult to prove this way (such as dry fire time), so the honor system is in play here.

Don’t cheat yourself. Do the work.

Good Luck, Have Fun

Alright, that’s it for this one. I’ll see you in the forum and look forward to the results!

  • Sunshine Shooter


Matt is the primary author and owner of The Everyday Marksman. He's a former military officer turned professional tech sector trainer. He's a lifelong learner, passionate outdoorsman, and steadfast supporter of firearms culture.


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