What motivation means to me

You see so many people competing, training and actively pursuing their dreams, but what motivates them to strive for their goal’s day in day out for years? What motivates me to get out of bed before the sun and jump on my horse before a nine-hour day at work followed by an hour of weights at the gym? I can’t say I’m always motivated…It’s hard! And I’m sure my horse does not care one bit if I ride her or not. 

Motivation is defined as… ‘a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way,’ (lexico.com). My motivation comes from my goals and what I would like to achieve with Bjorn and as a rider. These motivations make me feel good and I am learning to enjoy the journey not just the end goal being achieved. That is why it’s so important to set short-term, weekly and individual training session goals.  

What keeps you motivated to train yourself or your horse? Do you step back and reassess your motivation for riding or competing or even your ever-evolving goals? 

I have a few things I do to stay motivated to train… 

Being prepared for the next day before I go to bed helps tremendously for the struggle of getting out of bed. By being realistic with how many times I actually plan on riding that week pushes me to stick to a schedule. Each ride I try and stick with a small training goal so that I achieve even baby steps. I always visualise certain aspects of my training session as well. This allows me to recognise when the training goal has been achieved or Bjorn has understood the aid.  

Things that motivate me to train: 

  1. My goals of competing at a high level of dressage (Advanced & above) 
  1. Seeing small improvements in Bjorn’s (my horse’s) training 
  1. Knowing that every ride is one step closer to my next competition 
  1. Feeling inspired by equestrian videos or tips  

I so easily forget how lucky I am to be able to do what I do, that I have the support of my family and boyfriend to train (almost) every day and have access to fantastic coaches! Appreciating the little things and enjoying the process is also a part of my motivation. 

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