A beacon of light....

At the beginning of last year, I made a goal to make GM by the end of the shooting season. I put together a plan and began to execute it. For those few individuals in this sport willing to first admit that GM is a goal, then commit to making GM, this "journey" can be especially taxing...and seemingly painful. I was inspired by Dave Re, ...

who was at the time also a Master class shooter, just like me, except there was one HUGE difference. When we talked about the "journey", he deemed the 'Warrior's Walk', I was always left with the perception that he was already a GM. Before he made Grandmaster, during one of our conversations, he talked to me about goals he planned on accomplishing after he made GM. Right then it hit me, and he told me, "Dude, you're already a GM, now you gotta walk like you are!". A month later he made GM...and a couple of months after that, I made GM. In hindsight I can see that I was so consumed with the goal, I didn't appreciate the journey. That simple mental perspective unshackled me psychologically, and in just two classifier matches, I was there! That's why I call Dave "Ray"...a beacon of light.

Antoine Lane, USPSA Grandmaster