I took a two month planned break from riding. TWO MONTHS PEOPLE!!!
If you know me, you know that there is very little that comes between me and my ride time.
So why did I do it?
I wanted to be able to talk about how important it is to give yourself a break, to step back from your goal, to re-evaluate, to look at your goal from a different perspective.
In order to talk about that, I need to do that.
I spend tons of time talking about goals and the mindset for achieving goals. It could give you the impression that I don’t believe in taking a break.
I think taking a break is incredibly important and here is why.
Burnout is real! It’s real and it robs you of joy and it is totally preventable.
Perspective is key when you are pursuing a goal. When you are all in it, perspective is hard to find at times.
Sometimes it’s time to push and sometimes it’s time to pull back and relax, reflect and regroup.
For me, the thought of taking a break gave me fear and anxiety.
What will I do with myself,
- who would I be if I didn’t ride every day,
- what would happen to my horses,
- would they lose their training if I gave them time off?
Would I remember how,
- what will happen to my body,
- will I lose my riding fitness
- will I lose my confidence?
What would people think,
- would they think I was not committed?
- Would they think I was lazy?
- Would they think I had quit?
Sometimes we get so caught up in thinking about our goals and acting upon them that we unconsciously start going through the motions.
We start doing things just to do things but not because it serves a purpose
Worse, you forget why you are doing this to begin with and exactly what are you going for any way!
You lose perspective.
So what did I experience taking a break?
- I am still me even if I don’t ride.
- I am still horse crazy but now I have tons more room in my brain to be creative and do more!
- My horses did not lose their training, in fact, they are better than before.
- I have struggled to get through the sore muscles of taking time off but I love the awareness that I am feeling in my body right now.
- People did think I had quit and that’s OK! What they think is not my business any way.
I loved the time to reflect on the last few years and what I have learned and how I have grown.
I loved thinking about the future with my girls, Kit and Baby J, and what I am excited to teach them and experience with them this year.
I loved visualizing my future rides and mentally preparing for the work ahead as we move up the levels.
Now go be a goal getting, break taking goal digger!
note: Thank you Angie Stokes for the use of your image. Much love!