I am an adult amateur Dressage and Western Dressage enthusiast. I started riding almost seven years ago, and in that time I have been able to add many awards and accomplishments to my equestrian resume. Because of my abbreviated riding history though, I can sometimes get caught up in my limiting beliefs and create mind drama, especially this time of year when I am planning my equestrian goals for the year. Does that resonate with you? I want to share some of my tricks for overcoming my limiting beliefs and how I set goals that stretch and strengthen me as a rider and equestrian competitor.
- Expect your inner critic to show up! Yep, be ready and invite her in. Ask her to have a seat in the corner. Know what you are going to say to her. It’s going to go something like this, “Thanks for stopping by but I got this. I plan on accomplishing more than you can even comprehend. I am not asking for your support, just stay out of my way.”
- Next, get laser focused and very clear about why you want to accomplish your objective. Go deep into the why. Visit your “why” often. I heard someone say that without your why, you will lose your way. For sure, 100% I would have quit many times when it got too hot or too cold or I got too tired etc.…my “why” is what keeps me going.
- Journal your progress so that you can reflect. Equestrians are quick to forget how far they have come as riders and/or with a particular horse. Capture your journey and reflect on it often.
- Set goals that stretch you. If your goal doesn’t make you a little uncomfortable then you are probably not reaching high enough. Discomfort is the currency to greatness.
- Don’t let it mean anything about you if you don’t hit your goals. It’s just a matter of timing.
- Evaluate your rides by asking yourself these three questions: what worked, what didn’t and what needs to be done differently? Re-evaluate your goals as you see progress. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments to your strategy if you see a need either in you or your horse.
- Expect difficult moments on your journey, how well you handle the difficult times will determine your level of success. Anyone can do it when it’s easy.
Be a goal digger!