This blog series is about the balance of enjoyment, improvement and mindfulness that is needed for the average equestrian to be able to reach their full potential. Novice or a professional, here are some of the essential things that you can learn in any equestrian career.
Today's topic is about doing what you have set out to achieve, being mindful in the goals you set, not only making them achievable but challenging in the same way.
I find this blog topic to be one of the hardest parts of being an equestrian; it is not the early mornings; it's not the dirty clothes or the vet bills. It is about the ambitions we have, and not letting them be so great we disappoint ourselves or being so low we lose motivation.
So how do we combat this? Well for myself I have found that I cant help but give myself what feel like unattainable goals, it has taken me a long time to feel the weight of this and even though i get there eventuality the journey is always more demanding then I first thought.
With the above in mind I can't help you choose more obtainable goals, but I can help you take the steps to planning goals out and achieving them even if some of those goals are over months and some of them years.
Step one: what do you want to achieve with your horse? Once you know what that is, you can take steps to get there.
So let's say your goal is to compete for the first time or make it up a grade, Even compete at a high-level event you have never gone to before, or maybe head out on your first trail ride. How do you do that?
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Step two: get yourself a good coach ( or trainer, if your horse's needs outgrow your capabilities ). You will need someone supportive of the things you want out of your equine partnership. A compatible coach has been the most significant asset over my years, having a coach that not only helps you reach your goal but is supportive of it, this is a fantastic step in the right direction for your growth.
Which leads right into,
Step three: surround yourself with people that support you,
not happy at your local agistment? Move. There will be one with an atmosphere that suits you. Find yourself losing motivation to ride consistently? Partner yourself up with friends you can ride alongside. Finding your equine family is such a big part of growth. I am lucky enough to have not only lovely employees, but I am surrounded by close friends of mine that keep their horses on my property, this helps me stay sane and also helps me get motivation on the days I am lacking. Your equine family is a big part of progression, both physically and mentally.
Step four: set an achievable goal. But how the heck do we do that? Set any goal. A short term one a long term one just one. Now, what is it? It is something you want dearly no doubt. Now the next part is to find out something that is halfway to there. Have you got that? Great, now do that again, and again, until you find yourself with a goal that is not far out of your reach. Along with the tools above, you can find your path to the greatness you want to achieve.
Step five: do it!
Every goal has many little steps to get there as it takes many bricks to build a house, If you can find out what you want to develop, find the tools you need, then the rest is simple, just take your time, brick by brick.
Stop being your greatest critic, and start being your greatest supporter.