Over the past four weeks we’ve been talking about a systematic way for you to set yourself up for success when you go to a show, or a clinic, or go away from home. Almost always when we leave our home base there’s a tendency to feel vulnerable.
For sure things are unpredictable and can be a bit chaotic.
I appreciate your feedback over the past few weeks. It’s made me realize just how many pieces and parts of showing have the potential to feel unsteady and uncertain. That can be part of the fun of it, but some are so disconcerting that we need help corralling our thoughts and decisions about our next steps.
This video is all about what I learned from you, from one of my most treasured mentors and from my own reflections.
If you ride or take your horse away from home to ride in front of others, I think you’ll enjoy it.
Heh, it’s Barb.
Over the past four weeks, we’ve been talking about a systematic way to set yourself up for success when you go to a show or a clinic or get away from home. When we leave our home base, we tend to feel vulnerable.
For sure, things are unpredictable and can be a bit chaotic.
I appreciate your feedback over the past few weeks. It’s made me realize just how many pieces and parts of showing have the potential to feel unsteady and uncertain. That can also be part of the fun, but some are so disconcerting that we need help corralling our thoughts and decisions about our next steps.
Here are some of the common challenges you shared – and that we all have:
- Wondering if we’re ready?
- Wondering what others will think?
- Wondering what our horse will do?
And when we go to a show, sometimes we think there’s some almighty standard of success determined only by the judge or a timer. Of course, that’s true to a certain extent, but what’s most important is how you think of your story, your experience, and why you do what you do, but it’s easy to lose sight of that.
From my mentor and friend, Dr. Jim Loehr, I recently learned that we need a clear navigation system for anything we want to accomplish. It’s like having a GPS where we say, “This is where I want to go, and this is where I am now. I need to know how to get from my point A to B.”
Without a distinct and truthful starting point and a clear destination, we can feel anxious and wander with no target.
In this video, I will share what I’ve learned from you and apply them to the showing navigation system I discussed over the past four weeks. These four points will be our GPS for showing.
In an upcoming webinar series, I’ll share the essential elements within each of the four pieces. The goal is to stay focused on these priorities so you don’t get side railed and overwhelmed in your showing journey. They will help you continue to grow your strengths and shore up your weaknesses.
Element #1: SET TRUE NORTH
Here are some of the challenges you shared with me over the past weeks:
- How do you ‘Set True North’ in general?
- Then, how do you do it when there have been significant injuries and setbacks?
- What do you do if you’re not sure about your horse?
- How can challenges be navigated – like interests that change, aging, etc.?
- How do you cultivate a calm and focused inner core?
When it’s most effective, Setting True North can be so compelling and personal to you. It’s never about comparing others, and it’s about your purpose and your journey.
What do you want your showing experience to be? That is key to helping you get to ‘home’ for showing.
Element #2: PREPARATION AND PLANNING
- Here are some of the challenges you shared with me in this area.
- How do I know where to start to get better – for my horse or me?
- How do I know if we are ready to show or not?
- If I’m not feeling supported in my present situation, how do I navigate that?
There are ways to determine your next steps. They are personal, but you can stay your course with clarity and sifting through priorities. To the best of your ability, you determine your next steps.
The next element is #3: SHOW DAY!
- Here are a couple of show-time challenges.
- How do I get ready on show day – i.e., if my horse is silly or I don’t know anyone, etc.?
- How do I stay calm and focused during my performance in the arena?
The good news is that you can set yourself up for success in the show pen methodically. While this day is the most daunting, it is also the day when you can do specific and concrete routines that set yourself up for success – from how you get ready and how you communicate with your horse in the show arena.
The show arena can be that time when you experience beautiful synchronicity with your horse. Parts will be great; parts will need to be shored up in the future, forever.
Next – now you have your results from show day, and what you do with them determines the efficiency of your progress.
Now is the time for our #4 element: A FIVE-STAR REVIEW.
This is when you will methodically plan your next steps with the information you discovered from your ride. You decide what your next moves will be based on what you know in your own heart, feedback from mentors you trust, data from judges, watching your video, etc.
This coming week, our SHINE IN THE SHOW PEN four-lesson/webinar series begins. We will drill down on these areas, and I’ll help you get this information into your bones.
I’ll help you get to your showing’ home.’
Thank you for your feedback over these past four weeks. I’m so grateful.