Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Setting Goals! The Difference Between Floundering and Moving Forward

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By Patti Stedman | January 1st, 2015

No better day than New Year’s Day to contemplate the topic of goal-setting. All over the planet, resolutions are being made, treadmills are being dusted off, vegetables and high fiber foods are being purchased, gym memberships are being renewed and juicers are being unburied from beneath cake pans.

I’m convinced that one of the key differences between successful and not-so-successful endurance competitors often lies in their ability to establish and enact realistic Ultimate Goals and the Training/Conditioning Plans and Ride Strategies that are the building blocks to achieve them. The successful riders do not get distracted by setbacks, a single competition or some bright, shiny object that draws their eye away from their intention. But they also realize that an Ultimate Goal is a flexible one, particularly given that it is hinged on the cooperation, physical and mental, of a sentient being other than our selves — our horse.

In other words, the winners keep their eye on the prize and they have a good idea what that prize is but the flexibility and discipline to forego short-term or competition goals for their Ultimate Goals...

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