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2024 Resolutions and Goals

With any change to a new year, most of us often sit back and think about what, if any, resolutions we want to attempt. Resolutions hold significance in various aspects of life, encompassing personal development, goal setting, and decision-making. They motivate us to make positive changes and create positive habits that we can each benefit from. In this short post, we are going to look at my resolutions for 2024, as they relate to disc golf. My resolutions can be broken up into three categories. Competitive. Personal. Creative. Let’s take a look.

 

Competitive

From a competitive perspective, 2023 was a pretty mild year for me. I started the year with a 900 rating and proceeded to fluctuate 4 to 5 points in either direction, finishing the year where I started, at 900. With some major life events making it hard to play consistently in 2023, it was hard to establish a rhythm, and my lack of practice and warmup typically led to poor round performances. These are my focuses for 2024.

Resolution #1 – I would like to finish the 2024 season at 920. This is a straightforward goal. Why 920? I think that where I typically find myself playing when I’m throwing well, and this year, attempting to play more consistently will be crucial. I want to eliminate the poor rounds and limit the number of times that I let single mistakes turn into multiple mistakes. Shooting for a 20-point climb seems fair and a worthy challenge.

Resolution #2 – I want to take tournament preparation more seriously. This is less straightforward than the first resolution, but ultimately comes down to two specific behaviors. Off the course, I want to be better prepared for events by targeting my hydration and rest before tournaments. I want to be in a position where I’m well rested and adequately hydrated to compete at a high level. The second behavior is for on the course. I want to be better at showing up earlier and getting in an adequate physical warmup. This means throwing, putting, and stretching.

 

Personal

As a person, I’m naturally flawed, but I’m trying to be better all the time. The way we take care of ourselves and take care of the game matters a lot. I need to work on myself this year. This isn’t just for me. This is for my family.

Resolution #3 – I want to make a greater commitment to my physical health. I’m a pretty transparent guy. If you know me or have played with me, it’s pretty clear that I’m overweight. When I was younger, I was very athletic, and I’ve been riding on that residual athleticism for many years, but 2023 was one of the first years that I felt the true effects of that. In the first half of the year, I made big strides and lost some solid weight. I felt better than I had felt in a long time. After the birth of my son and some more personal and professional events made me even busier, I resorted to poor nutrition and found myself back to where I was at the start of 2023. This year, I put the pieces together and add years to my life for my family.

Resolution #4 – I want to give back to the game of disc golf instead of constantly taking. There is nothing wrong with playing in events weekend after weekend, but this year, I’m challenging myself to go beyond just playing. I want to help create events that matter to people. I want to volunteer my time to make events and courses better. I want to share the game and build up others throughout the process. This is something we should all strive for.

 

Creative

In 2023, I dove pretty hard into another year of social media and an attempt at content creation. Some things were wildly successful. Some things were very hard. I’ve learned a lot of lessons, and now I want to put them into practice.

Resolution #5 – I want to create a content schedule and keep it. Let’s be honest, life is busy. Between my responsibilities at work in a leadership role, my duties as a husband, and my desire to be a great father, there isn’t much time left in the day. If I want to continue to develop and post content, I’m going to need to be a bit more strategic. This means creating a schedule. That’s something I’m building right now. All that will be left to do is just keep up with it. I’ll tell you more about that in the future.

Resolution #6 – I want to dive into a new medium of content creation this year. Video. I want to spend less time looking for the right picture and more time putting myself in front of the camera and talking to all of you. All 7 of you or however many there are. 2024 is the year of video.

 

Conclusion

This is a lot. I’m challenging myself, and I’m going to keep you updated along the way on how things are going. I hope you stick it out with me and hold me accountable. What are your resolutions for the year? How are you looking to grow? Tell me about it in the comments.

 

Gary Daddario III - www.instagram.com/thumberlife

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