Collecting my inner strength and determination. Staying focused on the Big Goals can get overwhelming, remember that every day contains victories no matter how small. Baby steps are better than no steps at all! Thanks for the wonderful photo @englphotography !!! ...
Inside all of us is what I call a “Winning Waterline.” For equestrians, a winning waterline is something you must understand if you want to change where you are and move on to your next success.
A winning waterline is a place in your mind that is comfortable, happy, and most importantly, safe. In your mind’s eye, you have an idea of what success and winning looks like with your horse. For some amateurs it may be a picture of a blue ribbon at a local show. For a more seasoned competitor it may be the next level in dressage, and for a pro it may be winning on an Olympic stage. The point is, there is a comfort level there for you both as a team that incorporates the training you do and the goals you have for yourself and your horse.
When you set new goals that are big and even scary, your brain sees those goals outside your current winning waterline, which feels very uncomfortable, and your brain will try to bring you back to where you are “safe,” to preserve the feeling that all will be well if you just stay where you are.
Check out my newest article on Horse Nation about changing your winning waterline! Link in my bio!