Identifying the strengths and weaknesses in your career your hobby your relationship etc. is a great skill to have. each of these facets of life requires flexibility and the ability to assess what you’re good at what you can do better and sometimes what you need assistance with. that last one can be a hard pill to swallow—especially if you have trouble asking for help and want to be able to do everything yourself. (i speak from experience. But i have often found that once i admit that i’m not great at x yorz an di find someone who is it makes my life so much easier.
this month Olympian sue Blinks takes a look at this topic in “Creating excellence” on p. 24. in this two-part series Blinks reviews seven qualities that riders need to acquire on their road to success from what it means to be an effective horse trainer to how to develop people skills. while there are some riders who possess all seven qualities (“we’re likely to find her on the podium” says Blinks there are others who may have five out of the seven or six out of the seven and for those folks Blinks offers sound advice.
One of the seven pieces of the puzzle she talks about is “the emotional Aspect.” Blinks says that when faced with a difficult situation—a resistant horse who lacks forwardness or whatever situation your horse presents—you have to retain your emotional stability. she stresses that positive emotions need to rule your horse life. “it’s important to be a person who learns from mistakes and turns failure into growth” says Blinks. All riders have disappointments but her philosophy is that you’re allowed to be disappointed and go into the fetal position for 24 hours but you can’t linger there. you need to carry on with positive thinking and a new approach. Be sure you don’t miss this article—it’s destined to become a DT favorite.
Also this month is an article about Adult Amateurs who have learned their strengths and used them to excel at the top level of the sport. most amateurs juggle their love of horses with families and careers taking lessons after long hours at work and working long hours in order to afford their love and yet another horse show. On top of the self-inflicted demands many Adult Amateurs also deal with preconceived notions about their ability to succeed in the show ring. so freelance writer Jennifer Keeler spoke with two successful amateurs Alice tarjan of Oldwick new Jersey and Charlotte Jorst of reno nevada (Jorst is now a professional about how they’ve handled the criticisms and taken what they know to be their strengths and put them to good use. you can read their stories on p. 42.
we hope this issue helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses and how you can work with them both.
until next time