My horses watched me with eagle eyes marching across the pasture, then checked whether I had any food (after all for the last two months humans equaled yummy food once a day) and then they took off - yet again.
Seeing my horses take off at a dead beat gallop, kicking up, rearing and bucking with pure joy would have been lots of fun, but not when you have a demo coming up! I was disappointed but also could rationalize why this was happening. I had not played consistently with neither Cash nor JB for about half a year. First pigeon fever, then a new job and consequently moving 6 hours away... But still, my feelings were hurt.
What I learned from this:
1. Analyze the situation that you are in
I had limited time and I needed to play with my horses to prepare for my demo
2. Assess your goal
My goal at first was to have my horses come to me out in the pasture and halter willingly.
3. Put your emotions aside
Feeling left behind, while Cash and JB ran off, didn't help. I acknoledged my feeling and then decided to put it aside since it was not useful
4. Reassess your goal
- Do you have a realistic goal that does not conflict with your current situation?
- Adjust your goal, if necessary
I had to adjust my goal because I did not have enough time to fix my broken catching game.4. Find a solution to reach your goal
Once I assessed my goal and acknoledged my emotions, I was able to put my emotions aside and reassess my goal. It was simply unrealistic. I then found that the solution came to me - easily!It was all about finding a solution that fit the situation...
How do you set yourself up for success? I'd love to hear from you!