Blog 1 “Nothing, Something, Everything”
Historically, competing, riding with named trainers and writing published articles meant that family, friends and clients where regularly updated with news of successes, trials, tribulations and on-going progression.
Success in the ring, being among the “elite” accepted for training and articles bought publicity, brought new business and provided those who train with me a form of validation.
This never felt like an additional pressure and meant that I was never alone in my endeavours.
But for ethical reasons, I no longer compete.
I have walked away from the “named” trainers due to conflicting belief systems and while I remain open-minded, I am yet to find anyone I want to expose my horses to for training or align myself with on a regular basis.
Writing articles, once cathartic, even therapeutic, became a chore, because others dictated the dead-lines, the number of words and even the subject matter.
I am very happy with the choices I have made.
But as someone with a reputation for pushing forward and constantly exploring new things I am frequently asked, both directly and indirectly questions along the lines of, “What’s happening for you and your horses now?”
I’m really happy doing what I am doing, being who and I'm being and just hanging out (rather than doing “stuff”) with my horses.
For me this Nothing is a really big Something, maybe it’s my Everything – for now.
Some people are motivated by rewards gained from sources outside of the activity itself, by prizes, money, qualifications or notoriety, often attained through comparison with others. This may be defined at being Extrinsically Motivated.
While being extrinsically motivated does not make anyone a bad person, it’s just not who I am any more. Having said that, everybody, including me, does need to make a living and to be appreciated by others, so there remains an element of the extrinsic in me!
Intrinsic Motivation is about the feelings of enjoyment, excitement and self-worth brought about through the activity itself. I am intrinsically motivated as a coach and by just being with the people and the animals that I love the most.
However I do feel the desire to share, to be part of and to nurture the very special community which, by happy accident, came about through opening or lives and Ashen Equestrian Centre 13 years ago.
I don’t yet know whether this blog and future ventures into online videos will serve to help only me grow but if helps others to be ok with just “being” - being with yourself and your horses then it will have served its purpose.
Next time "Blissfull(?) Ignorance" 5th Feb, until then happy riding,
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