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 I’ve told Jade my goal, because she’s going to kick my arse into gear whenever I’m losing focus or not sticking to my plan. But I’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:
𝗕𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻, 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗷𝘂𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝟵𝟬𝗰𝗺 𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗹𝗮𝘀𝗵, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝟭𝗺 𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝗱𝗱𝘆
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 that’s my goal and I’m looking forward to sharing with you all my journey and training plan to get there. I’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?