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What I learned from being a British archery champion

I’m sure if you know me or being following me for a while you’ll know I used to be British archery champion, an archery coach and held 9 national records.

That’s great n lovely, but what can be learned from that and how can YOU learn from it?

Let me go back in time to when I decided I wanted to go from being an average archer who enjoyed practising with friends on Friday evenings and Sundays, to being a much better archer.

I used to go to my local club on Friday evenings with friends, shoot a few arrows, have a few laughs then into the bar afterwards. Same went for Sundays, drive to a nice outdoor course, shoot round the course for a few hours, have a few laughs then back home. If I wanted to start winning things, this had to change!

So, I started practising seriously on Thursday and Friday evenings then drive 25 miles each way to spend all day Saturday and Sunday practising and practising and practising.

Within 10 months I went from nowhere to 2nd in the country and then the following year I won my first British Championship. Not wanting to sound braggy but when I say I won, nobody was even near me in the points, I’d become that good!

Yeah yeah Darren that’s all great but what can be learned from it?

It shows how much we can accomplish when we dedicate time and energy to something. We can go from being in the shadows to being in the spotlight. There is literally nothing to stop us from achieving great things!

Look back at your own life, look really hard and I will guarantee there will be times when you achieved things that made you think “Oh wow, I really CAN do it!”. It may be passing your exams at school, college or university, it may be a sporting achievement, it may be starting a family and being an amazing parent. There WILL be something to show you what you can accomplish when you push yourself.

So if you can do it then, is there REALLY anything stopping you doing it now? And I mean REALLY, no BS excuses allowed here!

We are ALL capable of incredible things, much greater than we give ourselves credit for… until you actually do them of course.

Have dreams you want to achieve? Then go out there and achieve them!


Darren Danks

Darren is The Self Doubt Coach. He helps you to break through the blocks that are holding you back, he cheerleads your successes and pushes you to be a better you. He has been British archery champion, holder of 9 national records and coached other archers to push through a mindset block called target shyness.

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