Make The Most of 2018
Making the most out of 2018 will mean a different thing for all of us. Some of us thrive from big changes and start the year totally differently to how they ended the last one. Others prefer to adapt slowly , embracing change as it happens. However you start the new year these 5 simple, easy and effective ways will ensure you make 2018 your year.
Im sure most of us have started the new year with mud covered, unfit, fluffy horses that make you wonder how you are ever going to step up a level this year right? Im hoping this blog will inspire you to keep trying, work hard and reach your goals but to also live more for the moment and more for you.
Live for you
Live for you and only you, be an individual. If you want to take a year out to travel do it, if you want to study for the next 5 years do it , if you want to stay in bed all day and eat chocolate instead of going to the gym do it. My point being, make your own decisions. You aren’t living to anyone else’s expectations other than your own. Making this change can be hard but learn to say no, learn to be brave and say yes to things that scare you and learn to love the moment. Make this year your year.
Take time out
Taking time out is important. Whether its time with friends, a long hack out or simply chilling in bed , you need time to relax and de-stress. You can sometimes get lost in strict to do lists, constant business and the fear of running out of time can be overwhelming. Making sure you allow time to relax is equally, if not more so important. It can help channel your thoughts, increase motivation and reduce fatigue.
Whether horse related, education , work related etc you do need to work hard. As much as time out is beneficial, you do need to balance it with the right amount of work too! The amount of work you have to do depends on you, and only you can decide how much effort you are going to put in. Whatever you need to do to get to where you want to be , work hard and it will happen but don't let it take over your life.
Reachable goals are goals you can expect to achieve and are realistic for your motivation, skills, time etc. This goes for none equine related goals too but I’m going to focus on reachable equine goals. Goal setting is useful for progression, it allows you to plan and manage your time well. You can set a end goal, with little goals that allow you to be one step closer to the end goal once complete. This helps you feel like you have accomplished something and that you are moving closer in the right direction. An example of the end goal being competing in a novice dressage test and the little goals being all the little steps to get there such as perfecting the halt. Make goals for each ride or each week etc but don’t be disheartened if it takes longer than you originally thought. This is natural especially with horses.
Don’t get disheartened if things don’t work out.
Things change, for the best or for the worse. Change happens, plans fail and ultimately it can leave you feeling angry and upset. Don’t. Learn to use the knock backs to get up and try harder. Use them to find what went wrong and how, and if possible try and avoid it happening again. Obviously it’s easier said than done and some things can’t be helped, a lame horse for example but use the time wisely. As much as it feels like the world’s ending, its not, you need to get back out there and smash it.
I hope this was useful to try and get you in the right mindset for making the most out of 2018.My next blogs will be much more horsey I promise! Make sure you chase your dreams, keep trying and live for you. If it helps find motivation in things such as quotes, art, youtube videos etc.. Ive found these quotes which are uplifting, inspiring and make you want to get out and live a little, something we all forget sometimes. (Ill post them at the end)
I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you and your horses have the best year! You will smash it, and if you don’t there’s always another one!
“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can”
“Inhale courage, exhale fear”
“Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive.”
“Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”
“New year- a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours”
“Don’t compare yourself to someone else’s success”
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will”