I know many people that shoot firearms and have grown up around them their entire life. Many believe they are well prepared to handle themselves appropriately in the event they encounter a lethal threat where they may be required use deadly force. It wasn’t that long ago, when I had the same belief. I had my carry permit, I had a few firearms, and I even went to the range now and then to “train”. The problem is, I had no idea what I was training for or what the purpose of my training each day was. I knew I wanted to improve as a shooter, and be competent in my ability to defend myself with a firearm should I ever need to, but I was naive to the fact that what I was doing, although it may have been better than nothing, wasn’t adequate training. I was likely reinforcing poor fundamentals and developing bad habits. Whether this sounds similar to your experiences or not, I hope we can agree on one thing; Adequate (and frequent) training, implemented consistently over time, is essential to becoming a proficient shooter. Many of us watch or read about guys like JJ Racaza, Ron Avery, Travis Haley, and Frank Proctor (or whoever it is you may idolize in the shooting community) and fail to stop and consider how these guys got to where they are now. All of these guys and many others like them have several things in common, they devoted a significant amount of time, money, and energy to get where they are now and they all have a growth focused mindset. Regardless of what your goals are and how proficient you are as a shooter; you will need to be prepared to make similar commitments in order to take your shooting to the next level. As with any major goals there are always going to be barriers standing between you and what you want to accomplish. What do you think some of the barriers you and many others likely encounter that prevent you from taking the actions needed to achieve your goals and improve as shooter? In the following paragraphs, I’d like to discuss a few of the primary barriers I believe are holding many of us back and present a few ideas on how to overcome them. The main barriers that come to mind are time, money, uncertainty of where to begin, and most importantly, Mindset.