The other day I was reading back in my training journal. I was in a bit of a rut and I realized how important my journal really is and what it brings me. I have accomplished more in horse training in the past 8 years, thanks to the use of my journal, than in the 25 years before that.
I used to have a ‘diary’ in which I wrote about my training, but it wasn’t helping me. My training journal became a very effective training tool when I changed how I was using it. Here is a little blurb based upon January 9th 2017, ten months ago. It shows why I like using my journal. You will understand why I recommend it to all my clients.
Why writing down your goals is so important
Pitfall #1 in horse training: people feel like a failure and give up.
Success tip #1 Write. It. Down.
Write down your goal and criteria for that goal before you start training!
Success tip #2: Celebrate!
When I read back in my training journal I realized that cantering on the long reins on a straight line had been a struggle for us for over a year! So I decided I could use a little celebration to motivated me to keep going.
In order to celebrate I made a video and shared my success with my best friend, I dedicated a blog post on it and I shared it with my accountability partner. I got lots of praise and checked off my goal with a big green check mark in my journal! Wow, that felt good!
Time for the next step
Writing goals down before you start is so important. The more specific you are the better. I tell myself that the criteria I didn’t wrote down or added later don’t count as criterion to celebrate!
Make it a habit to write your goals down first!
Success tip #3: Keep track
It's always the tiny goal that leads you to your biggest achievements! - Sandra Poppema
Read more about using a training journal successfully:
- Key to Success: Make a Plan
- Feel more Successful in Riding and Training your Horse
- Achieve Your Equestrian Goals in 5 Simple Steps