Comparison. We all do it and very rarely is it helpful. By comparing your horsemanship journey to another rider’s you are taking away from your individual achievements. When you start the comparison game, you are noticing what others have that you don't. By engaging in comparison, you start a negative thought spiral, that saps your motivation and stunts your ability to get gritty and go after your dreams. See, when you start comparing your horsemanship to another rider’s, what you generally are doing is comparing their best to your worst. You tend to think that it is so easy for them, look at what they can do, that make seem so simple and effortless. You don't often see or acknowledge all of the hours of hard work, the struggles, the sacrifices that the other person had to put in to achieve what they did.
Gritty Riders don’t feel threatened by another rider’s success. After all, if someone else can achieve with their horse what you want to achieve with yours, it is proof that your dream is possible! If they can do it, then so can you!
So instead of focusing on comparisons and what you can or can't do with your horse, instead focus on your purpose for your horsemanship journey. When you notice yourself starting to play the comparison game, shift your thoughts to who you want to be as a horseperson. Do you want to be remembered as the person that was kind and caring, that shared their love of horses with their friends and family, who always had a positive word to encourage their friends? Whatever your personal purpose is for your horsemanship journey, strive to live that purpose everyday and be the best you that you can be! After all, it is YOUR horsemanship journey-not anyone else's. Reconnect with your passion for horses, live your purpose, get gritty, and go for your dreams!
Gritty Riders don’t compare themselves to others.
Gritty Riders are inspired by other rider’s successes and focus on who they want to be as a horseperson to drive their actions.