Trail to 2021:
Consideration to Take on the Trail

In the past few videos, with one little podcast thrown in, we’ve been traveling a fun trail to writing the next chapter of our story for 2021.

So now, in this video, I’m going to give you a few more considerations for writing your compelling 2021 story.


Heh, it’s Barb.

In the past few videos, with one little podcast thrown in, we’ve been traveling a fun trail to writing the next chapter of your story for 2021.

In Part One, you took a look back to the beginning of 2020 to see how far you’ve come in just one year. A look back always gives us great perspective… and boy, this year’s been a doozie!

In Part Two, we went on a fun tour of our property.

We visited two ‘tanks.’ At the first one, you had a big magic wand and answered the question, “What are your dreams for 2021 with your horse?

Then, we visited a second… and smaller tank. You left your limiting beliefs behind. Hopefully, that felt great.

Then you went to the scary woods where you faced your fears, to find your way through to the other side.

And last but not least, you ended up here, at the mushroom tree, which hopefully reminded you of your personal strength, beauty, and all of the storms, you’ve been through in your life, and came out looking gorgeous, just like this tree.

So now, in this video, I’m going to give you a few more considerations for writing your 2021 story.

You already have a vision of the beautiful rider you are becoming.

External standards are great, but it’s always about who you are becoming because of your life with your awesome horse. Only you can measure that.

That’s what matters. And you are the keeper of your own scorecard.

Next, you need a plan.

Some people like to have everything laid out in a kind of strict and detailed way. I think that’s great.

Personally, I love a mixture of setting goals, along with lots of flexibility. That way, I’m always open to going for my goals in ways I could never have imagined.

For your plan, I have 3 large topic areas for you to consider.

I’m going to use our mushroom tree to show you what I mean.

Let’s say the roots that go deep into the earth and the trunk, as it just begins to expand out to the branches, are your internal and external strengths.

Herein lie your beliefs, how you think when you ride, how you navigate setbacks… all of those things that start on the inside first and ultimately determine what you do, how you do it, and if you keep going in the face of disappointments.

Notice the trunk and the roots are so strong, so powerful, and beautifully unique to this particular tree.

Those roots and that huge trunk represent your internal state and your belief in yourself.

That would be you, beautifully unique. And so is your horse!

For the sake of analogy, look to the left of the screen. Let’s call that ‘connection’ with your horse.

It’s that beautiful thing we all want… to have a wonderful, comfortable, safe, and caring relationship with our horse.

To do that, we need to speak the language of the horse. There’s a lot of information to learn in this area about horses in general.

On our right, in that large part of the tree, are the technical skillsets of the type of riding you do.

No one style or discipline of riding is more important than another… English or Western… competitive, or not competitive.

What matters is that you continue honing your skills in the discipline of your choice and that you absolutely love it.

How will you do that in 2021?

So, in summary: how will you expand your strengths, your character, your commitment, and your practice of empowering ways of thinking and being?

How will you keep learning about connecting with your horse?

How will you keep improving your technical skills?

You are the one who decides.

Think about what you want, who will help you, and how you will pursue moving forward… in a fun way… in all three areas. Fun is VERY important.

I’ll dig into more about each of these areas in the upcoming videos.

Leave a message and let us know how your Trail to 2021 is shaping up.

No matter the obstacles, keep that beautiful vision in your mind and keep going.

Next week, I’ll be on Nic and we’ll talk about advancing your technical skills.

As you know, I love hearing your comments. We all do.

Happy New Year, my friend! Here’s to 2021!

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4 Comments on Trail to 2021:
Consideration to Take on the Trail

  1. Kelly Scilingo on Sun, 27th Dec 2020 4:10 pm
  2. Dear Barb
    Going forward in the New Year will be a bigger adventure than 2020.
    Listening and being open will enhance my connection with my relationship with my horse and people in my life.
    Caring and kindness you have shown in your teaching is priceless.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Cheers Kelly

  3. kathy grater on Sun, 27th Dec 2020 4:44 pm
  4. So glad you decided to do the just for today. The first thing I see every morning when I sit down to my desk– after the chores are done. And those few sentences have sustained me through a whole lot of trials, crazy people and problems, not yet solved. Those little thoughts hav saved my sanity in this crazy year in addition to covid situation. Just as soon as I can afford one of your clinics, I’m gonna be there. One of my goals for this year. Thank you for doing the daily email. :-)K

  5. Lynda Savenkoff on Mon, 28th Dec 2020 12:33 am
  6. Hey Barb, Thanks for continuing ‘Just for Today’! There have been times when your message came at the exact time I needed to hear it & I felt it was ‘Just for Me’! Much appreciated!❤️
    Your thought provoking questions & comments are helping me focus on a more positive 2021 rather than our current second set of lockdowns. Thank you!👍😍

  7. Karen Ross on Mon, 28th Dec 2020 7:36 pm
  8. Thanks for the video! Also, I sure liked the article about you in western horseman!!

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