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The passion soars so deep inside of us sometimes we forget we are even motivating ourselves. Then there are days when every bone in our body weaps, and the sun doesn’t shine. How do we motivate then?  All we have to do is change our perspective.

Every morning I wake up at 6 am to start my day, and sometimes my passion burns so strong I will go months without a day off. Although the unhealthy particle in my journey is my passion burns for one thing, and my mind is constantly focused on my passion. Heres how I changed my perspective to motivate myself properly.

  1. Start slow with days off, because it cane be hard to rest for some people. Take a day off at least twice a month, and if you can take a day or two off every week. schedule your days off too
  2. Go out once a week to explore a new place the beach, explore on a hike, go to a library and embrace in the quietness and security of the environment. Do anything that grows your mind beyond your work, passions, etc
  3. Fill your free time with things that will be beneficial to your passion, and end goal. For example if I was to find a new hobby and something to do, then I want to make sure it benefits me in the log run. So I started yoga for a little while, but it wasn’t really my favorite thing to do. So I started with a personal trainer for strength training, because a stronger core, and moire stamina makes a better rider. I have always loved strength training and body building as well, so this was all a bonus.
  4. A big motivator for me is videos. As you may know if you follow my social media. I video myself all the time, and im always keeping up to date on my social media with progress videos. Its so fun to edit and watch videos of you and your passion. its always nice because people can help and critique you from videos so you learn more!
  5. Rainy day? cold and windy? As equestrians we are always outside so if its super windy or raining most of the times we think we can take this as a day off, but thats false. Unless its your scheduled day off, then its time to be there for our horses and play with them. if you don’t have an idol dressage arena then trailer 2 of your horses to an indoor arena near by. If its super windy, cold, and safety is an issue then do ground work and a luging day, especially with the younger horses. its best to not ride if you know it won’t be a good ride due to weather although ground work is always beneficial. We need to stay on schedule and push ourselves everyday though.
  6. A big motivator for me is videos. As you may know if you follow my social media. I video myself all the time, and im always keeping up to date on my social media with progress videos. Its so fun to edit and watch videos of you and your passion. its always nice because people can help and critique you from videos so you learn more!
  7. Start cooking! If time permits then take up cooking. this doesn’t have to be crazy. I simply mean buy more vegetables and fruit and make healthier food options. This makes you feel better bout yourself and more motivated to accomplish your next task.   To conclude if you ever lose motivation just ask yourself why, and you’ll know exactly what to do next.

By Skye Simpson Dressage Shares Insight on the Sport

Skye Simpson is an FEI Dressage & Natural Horsemanship Trainer located in Banning, California.

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