Happy New Year!

By Lizzie Hopkinson

So have you made a resolution? Maybe you have made many, or maybe just the one? New Year’s resolutions are fantastic, they give the opportunity to set our minds forward and to think about what we would like to achieve. (Remember to write them down so you don’t forget!) It doesn’t matter how small or large they seem to others, the important thing is that you choose them.  Keeping them is harder…

I think having a small resolution is good, as we are more likely to be able to achieve small steps. Breaking down goals into component steps, makes the big goal more manageable and ensures that we can work systematically towards that goal.

If your New Year’s resolution is to hack out alone, break that goal down. Make a series of small goals that you can work towards, ensuring that you feel a sense of accomplishment along the way, rather than simply feeling daunted by the magnitude of your aim.

So, small goals could be; leading your horse in hand for a walk by yourselves, hacking in company, hacking in company, but going lead, riding your horse down the drive by yourself, riding alone in the school, practising mounting and dismounting in different locations.

Suddenly by working your way through each of those goals, you have given yourself the tools you need to hack alone. Yet without those steps, you may have become discouraged from your aim.

So when you are thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, make sure you break down each goal into bite-sized chunks, this will help you, by encouraging you, rather than overwhelming you.

Comment below with your New Year’s resolutions, and let us know how you get on!

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