“Luck is the residue of design.”
In the words of former Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, “Luck is the residue of design.” You can improve your equestrian riding success by designing a plan to make it happen, using these four easy steps.
- Know why you ride.
Many equestrians lose sight of their original intent and get caught up in the negative aspects of competition. Riding isn’t just about winning or losing. It is also about discovering and developing your unique talents and abilities. If you have lost sight of why you started riding, take time to imagine the first time you climbed up on a horse… All of the sights, smells, and feelings of that day. Hold that feeling of joy, as it will attract more positive energy into your experience.
- Formulate a plan that you enjoy achieving on a daily and weekly basis.
The enjoyment of riding is in the process, not the end result itself. Bored? Think of creative ways to mix up your routine. If you are struggling with the pressure of competing, incorporate relaxation and breathing exercises into your training as a way to get back on track.
- Define and measure your success.
The process of becoming a better and more successful rider is an ongoing one. Think beyond just winning and losing. Make your “success” outcomes as specific and realistic as possible. For a Jumper, it may mean shaving three seconds from your time. In Dressage, increasing your score by five points might mean success. By being specific, you benchmark your goals. The end result is an added sense of accomplishment and celebration of all your achievements.
- Acknowledge your success.
If your goal was to win an event and you failed, acknowledge the aspects of your event that were successful. Remember all the uncontrollable factors in riding. Judges by their very nature are subjective. Your have little control over the results of an event. You DO, have complete control over your effort and what you find enjoyable about riding.
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