Coping with Setbacks

Coping with Setbacks

The path from where you are now to where you want to be isn’t always smooth, setbacks happen to even the most experienced and talented of riders. Sometimes it can feel as though you are stuck or even going backwards so how do you keep positive and avoid discouragement?

TRY THIS FOUR STEP PROCESS




STEP ONE – ANALYSE

What exactly is going on? Is the setback because of something that is within your control or is it the opposite and due to something beyond your personal control? Is it because of something that you did or didn’t do? Why has it happened? Do you know why it’s happened and does it make sense to you?

Once you’ve worked out what is going on then you’re ready for step two.


STEP TWO – LOOK AT YOUR ATTITIDE

How are you feeling about your riding and the things that you are aiming for? Are you totally focussing on outcomes rather than on working on the processes you need to apply and on monitoring your progress? Make sure that you are looking at the big picture, perhaps you are actually getting closer to your desired outcome in some areas of your riding but your horse is injured meaning that your progress has stalled?
Are you focussing solely on things which aren’t working well for you and ignoring those other things which are working better for you?

STEP THREE – MAKE A PLAN

Take another look at your goals. Are they SMART? (Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound). Look at getting the processes in place on a day- day and week – week basis that will help you to work towards achieving your goals.
Remember that you can work on goals in different areas which combine to make you the best rider that you can be. So you can have mindset goals, personal fitness goals, technical riding skill goals and horse education goals. All these will combine and interlink and will help you to develop your plan and increase your feeling of being in control.

STEP FOUR – RECRUIT HELP

Who is gong to help you? Seek out appropriate support whether it’s a mindset coach, a riding coach or someone qualified to help you with your horse’s fitness and health. With the right support in place then it will be easier to understand any setbacks and to be able to stay positive and motivated when things don’t go as well as you would like.

There may be setbacks along the way but once you get to the top the view will be amazing

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