AMBITION: Keep the goal. Change the priorities.
Some times one has to acknowledge that an idea is not always a GOOD idea. Starting the Blog was not the problem, it was the fact that I thought I could produce 26 different topics in a bit more than 31 days. “Easy Peasy” was my comment. “Silly me!”
However, it made my creative juices start and I am constantly running back into the computer to make some notes on something which I want to share. Conversely, it has slowed down my preparation for the launch of the CHI Membership platform and I have had to make a decision to remember my priorities.
I have an excel sheet with topics under each Letter and using the Comment feature I have been able to note my ideas and cross reference the issues. So there are many topics which are drafted but I need to “craft” them into an interesting article.
What have I learned from this. Ambition is a powerful force so that we can reach towards the stars, but if one discovers that the goal at this time is not my priority, then I need to recognise this and deal with it. This is not the time to have an ego power spike.
It is the same way with the training of our horses. We want the horse to be ready for (fill in the blank) by the end of the month. When we realise that our ambition has been confused with our reality, we have 2 choices: We moderate our ambition and the time frame or we change our reality. Sadly, with training a horse, we do not have the option of changing the reality.
There are many sayings about Ambition. Some are positive and some are not. I like sayings which inspire me; so for me, ambition is a positive. It is about being prepared to reroute when one ambition is not so attractive when we get closer: or, we discover another ambition which is more attractive or should be a greater priority.
I relate to this. I had an ambition to compete on the International stage of dressage. However, I “found” Nuno Oliveira and my ambition changed dramatically. I discovered that my original ambition was only like the horizon and that above that (the horizon) there was the infinite of the universe. It was time to reroute and reschedule: without recognising that my life would change so dramatically.
I just wanted to dance with my horse and share what I had learned with others around me.
Sometimes ambition finds us.
When we get to the edge of the horizon we discover that there is an amazing infinite universe waiting for us. Often we do not see the infinite because we only look in the day and all we see is the blue of the sky.
Sometimes, another will lift the curtain to show us the possibilities. One of my ambitions is that I, and my students, will lift the curtain for Ten Thousand riders. Totally possible! We will do that by showing that we “walk our talk” and we have done it without gadgets, gimmicks and bullldust. Riders from 1998 to now, have shown what can be achieved with passion and commitment AND hard work. (that is the hardest bit.) Bootcamp has been tough for many at times, there are always downtimes on a journey, but successes feature more. Recognising this is very important.
Watch out for the C.H.I. Membership Launch details.
Over and Out,
P.S. What are your ambitions and what are your priorities?
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