What Makes a True Horsewoman?

alycia-burtonWhat makes a true horseman/ horsewoman?

How can we ride like those who inspire us?

Is it even possible or just a beautiful dream, reserved only for the elusive few to achieve?

We love to hear about inspirational horse riders because they act as our aspirational selves – they’re who we want to be. There comes a point though when it’s not enough just to witness others succeed. Dreams are all very well, but we need to believe!!

Reality and dreams collide harshly though, and all to often our hopes are quashed in the process. Time, money, age, responsibilities, expectations… so many things seem to stand against us in our quest to greatness. It was easy for them, we can’t help telling ourselves. They came from a horsey family/ were riding before they were born/ had plenty of money/ a million other reasons that we’re jealous of those we admire. Often it’s true. But they had their own challenges, just as we have ours. It might not be easy, but we can achieve!!!

Anything is possible in life, if only you can somehow hold onto your dream. – Pippa Funnell

There’s a lot of truth in Pippa Funnell’s words. We tend to let life, doubts, expectations in the way. It’s all too easy to give up on our dreams, but it’s only by chasing them that we can ever realise what we thought was impossible.

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

It’s important to have dreams that seem impossible, dreams that scare us, because it’s only by aspiring to be more than we are now that we can achieve and grow into who we are meant to be. Dreams act as a destination point for us, and life is a whole lot easier if you know where you’re going! Even if you don’t know quite what it’ll look like, having a vague compass direction will help guide your journey. It’s just the journey that’s difficult!

Impossible dreams need to be broken down into possible yet intimidating steps, which need to be further broken down into smaller, more tangible, achievable goals. These goals must be actively worked on rather than just dreamed about, and should be measurable in some way. Set a time scale for these and review them regularly. Adapt them if necessary, but be courageous enough to push yourself out your comfort zone.

If your dream is worthwhile to you, then take fear as a sign that you’re doing something right! Push at your limits and boundaries – you’ll find you’re capable of more than you thought, and sooner or later your impossible dreams will seem not so impossible after all!!

Good luck!! Keep dreaming your dreams alive!

Horse Daydreamer xxx

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