It's a new year. Time to reflect on what's been and aim towards bigger and better -- whatever that may mean to you -- in 2020.
My goal for 2020 was to get into the adult amateur hunter ring and show at 3ft. I've been leasing Stella and we've done the modified/pre-adults while my trainer did the baby greens. This was going to be our year in the 3ft, but our cross country move to San Diego in the middle of the year will probably put a damper on those plans. We'll see how much I actually get to show this year!
I'm much more of a proponent for GOALS vs RESOLUTIONS.
To me, a goal is a positive thing in most people's mind. It's a positive addition or desired outcome. Resolutions can sometimes have a negative connotation. To quit smoking. To stop doing this or that. When people have a goal in mind I find that they see the actions and end result more positively.
What are you manifesting for 2020? What does your heart and mind desire? What outcomes would make this year -- or next few months-- a success in your eyes? What actions can you take in order to make that a reality?
I want to hear all about it. Share your goals with me and I will support you! The more you can share your goals and action plan with others the more accountable you keep yourself. The adult amateur equestrian world is such a supportive environment. We share in each others victories and will sit and lament with you when things maybe don't quite go your way. We will, however, be the first to root you on when you 'get back on the horse' to give it another go. Use your adult ammy barn friends as a support system and see how far you can go!
No matter your goals, make them SMART:
S - specific
M - measurable
A - attainable
R - relevant
T - timely
Is your goal to ride more? Awesome. Create a plan that frees up some time in your weekly schedule even if it's just one [more] day a week to get out to the barn. Be present when you are at the barn. Enjoy that time around the horses. The smells, the sounds, the fresh air and the company of these amazing creatures.
Is your goal to show more? Wonderful. Talk with your trainer about how many shows you can commit to for the year, or even the next six months. Many trainers have show schedules that include everything from the local circuits to the A-rated. Sign up for those shows. Like, physically put your name on a list. Discuss with your trainer what you and your mount need to work on to be prepared for each show. Could be something like being softer to the fences, flatting techniques to really show of your horse in the hack, working on finding your distances or schooling lead changes to make them smoother while on course. Schedule time off work if needed. Write down your plan and budget, budget, budget!
Be present in the moments. Discuss your goals with your support system -- spouse, barn friends, trainer, or ALL of them. Yes, life can get in the way, but if you have a plan, plans more often than not become actions and actions leads to success.