I like to look back at the year that has passed and bring the best that has happened into the coming year and reinforce those feelings as a start to the new year. The year 2022 will definitely be a year to remember for the rest of my life, both competitively and privately. If you start with the most important thing, I feel a huge gratitude towards my wife who has taken a huge responsibility for our family since I have traveled and competed a lot. In total, I have driven 10,705 km back and forth from competitions, to be exact.
When it comes to the competitions in 2022, I have exceeded all my personal goals and am extremely proud of my own performance. I have participated in a total of fourteen competitions and got nine podium places, as well earned the title of world champion and coming second in the national championship. Almost exactly a year ago, I sat and looked at my competition results for 2021 knowing that I was qualified to shoot the WC in the MIL/LEO class and I was not at all impressed with my own performance, despite 2021 being my first real year of competition. In 2021, I came fourteenth in the national championship and out of a total of eight competitions I had one podium place. I was absolutely convinced that I could perform much better. I started sketching a plan to go from a top 15 in Sweden to top 5 within two years and at the WC I wanted to place in top 3 in the MIL/LEO class. The goal for 2022 was to finish within the top 10 at the big competitions and top 5 at the smaller ones. It may sound cliché, but I really believe in the quote "A goal without a plan is just a wish".
I have been asked quite a few times now as to what made me go from 14th place in the national championship to 2nd place. I notice that many people want the simple answer, "I bought better equipment”. Sure, I can admit that with the right conditions you improve your odds of success, but the secret is as simple as in so many other sports; I spent all of my free time reading, practicing and training. When it comes to training, I mean both physically and mentally. I have given the mental training a much greater focus this year compared to what I have before. A book that I really recommend if you are interested in mental training is the book "With winning in mind" by Larry Bassham.
When I didn't have time to go to the shooting range, I set up stations at home and dry-practiced from the balcony. This, along with going to all the competitions I could manage, is the naked truth behind this year's success. Experience makes it easier to make wise decisions.
But there is not only sunshine and joy behind this, there are many late hours in the loading room and frustration about how to be able to catch up with both family, work and the shooting. A turning point for me was when I was gone 7 weekends in a row and my two year old daughter asked me not to go away for another weekend. It made me think that every time I leave my family, I should do my absolute best not to waste my time away from them. Should I feel that I am not 100% mentally ready for a competition, I would rather stay at home than go to a competition and perform poorly and lose time with my family.
To link back to the first thing I wrote about bringing the good from the past year into the coming one, I will bring with me all the amazing new friends I have made during the year; the people in this sport are wonderful. The national championship and the WC are two memories that will stay with me for a long time and it is not just because of the results, but just as much because of the people I met. I look forward to 2023 and all the new challenges and opportunities it will bring.
The goal for 2023 is clear, and it is to continue according to plan and aim for the WC in South Africa in 2024.
What I have used in 2022 and will continue to use in 2023 is the following:
In conclusion, I would like to thank Norma for a good collaboration in 2022 and I look forward to the journey together towards the WC 2024.