Happy New Year!
So, what has 2020 got in store for you?
Now is the time to sit down and plan what you want to achieve this year.
Then of course what you are going to do to achieve them. Planning is key to achieving goals.
Are you going to take up a new discipline? Perhaps you’re taking up Dressage or Endurance.
Are you hoping to move up a level in your discipline?
Maybe it’s not entirely horse related. Perhaps you want to improve your fitness or lose weight.
Whatever it is, the key to success is firstly identifying your why.
If you know how much a goal means to you it can help to keep you going when stuff gets tough.
My why for losing weight was because I ride a pony and don’t want to be too heavy.
My why to be as physically fit as possible is because it’s helps control my hyper mobility which firstly manages the pain and secondly means I ride my pony better.
My Why for Carriage Driving is just pure passion. I really want to do it because I love it.
So ask yourself why you want to achieve your goal and what it means to you personally, when life tries to get in the way remember this why to help push you through.
Secondly make a plan of how you are going to achieve your goal.
If you have a specific event to train for,do you need a training plan to help you peak at the right time?
Will you need extra training, a specific trainer etc? Get that organised and plan where you can fit that training in and how you will pay for it.
Do you need some new gear -any excuse right?
Will you need to adjust your schedule to fit in your schooling sessions etc? Be realistic about what you can fit it, but also be ready to make some sacrifices along the way. I’m sure there will have been plenty of times those at the top would have preferred to be at home watching a box set rather than riding in the cold but those box sets won’t help to improve your performance.
Those that achieve great things will have made sacrifices, had tough days and set backs along the way but because they really wanted that end result they kept going.
So, get your planner out.
What are you going to achieve this year?
What do you need to help you achieve it? Is it new kit, support from family, friends or a coach?
How will it impact your current lifestyle and what will you need to change for it to happen?
I’d love to know what you’re goals are and how you plan to achieve them.