Heather from Bridle and Bone has created a fun content opportunity for people to unite under the same equestrian theme and bracket in the name of the Equestrian Blog Hop, which happens monthly.
Make sure you check out the links at the bottom of this post to find the others that have joined me in writing on November’s theme, which is Riding Ambition.
Ambition is always a tricky one I find, some people understand it as a life long goal, some people understand it as a short term – maybe a session goal – and some people feel like they don’t succeed until they complete their ambition.
I am one for loose ambition – a kind of dream that would be the greatest if I could make it, but I am also not going to be defined by it. This may be why I cannot quite make myself do enough dressage.
I find this approach is two fold, I get motivation from myself for not putting the bar too high, but I also feel like I give up easily because the bar isn’t high enough. But then I also feel like the bar is too high anyways, and feel like I cannot and will never be good enough. This is what we are dealing with chaps!
But back to the theme – despite what I said above, that was to give context… I love ambition, and I love the concept of it. I have three types of ambition that I would like to explain.
Firstly: Long Term
In my long term dreams, I would like to compete at Badminton Grassroots, and be successful as a coach, with enough clients to enable a relaxed but busy week! And qualify as a BHS Intermediate Instructor, or Stage 4 Coach, hopefully before I’m 28… gives me 3 years!
Secondly: Continual, regardless
A continual ambition, regardless of any other situation, is that I connect with each horse that I work with – that the partnership and the unity is what fuels the situation, not my human getting angry and forceful. That we are a team. I strive to be a team with the horse, with us both contributing and both enjoying.
Thirdly: Short Term
My short term goal, one that will open so many doors to making my long term goal even happen, get myself to a competition – of any type, Arena Eventing, Show Jumping, Dressage, Hunter Trial. I am so keen to do anything – but I need to get over the fact that I think that I need to be perfect before I get there. Like that I cannot go, because I cannot quite get something right every time… I am one of those.
Overall, ambition is a great mode of motivation, measure and being able to give yourself a good kick up the butt. Or to help someone else see the goal that you’re working towards, and therefore give you a kick up the butt.
Stay strong, and keep going – you will get there.
Your future is only made by what you do now…