With lockdown in Ireland running for another four weeks or so, and winter well and truly banging down my door (quite literally, I can feel the cold coming in through the balcony door!) I wanted to find a way to make this period more positive, and not let it sap my energy or motivation.


I have learned that best way to keep me motivated and focused is to set myself a medium term goal, that I can create smaller, short-term building blocks against, that propel me towards that goal.


Being a competitive person and motivated by results, I would usually make my goals competition-oriented (eg compete at X level, be ready for Y show) – but I thought, why not use the time at home to set myself an exciting, yet achievable, goal that will set me up for success whenever competitions are back running? And that will also give me a real sense of personal pride?


So Iโ€™ve told Jade my goal, because sheโ€™s going to kick my arse into gear whenever Iโ€™m losing focus or not sticking to my plan. But Iโ€™m also going to tell you all, because what better way to keep yourself accountable than to tell the internet and have them keep an eye on your progress!


So, my #LockdownRidingGoal is:


๐—•๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป, ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜† ๐—ท๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฌ๐—ฐ๐—บ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—™๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐Ÿญ๐—บ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐˜†


I like this goal because it follows the SMART goal setting criteria – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time-Bound. I also like it because I can clearly break down what needs to be done to get to the end goal, and slowly build up my stepping stones to success each week. And while it is a stretch for my confidence with Flash, and getting Paddy back to where he was pre-injury, it is not so wildly unattainable that I might fail miserably.


So thatโ€™s my goal and Iโ€™m looking forward to sharing with you all my journey and training plan to get there. Iโ€™m so lucky that I have a full course of showjumps and a Jade at home to help me in my training!

If you are in lockdown, what will you do with your horse? Do you have a #LockdownRidingGoal?

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