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2014 Goals

I’m finishing up my Year in Review Mini Series by looking toward the future. Last year I got to the party late, but I really enjoyed creating goals for myself and working towards them all year. I learned a lot about myself and about how to set myself up for success through the process of quarterly reviews.

With that said, I picked my 2014 goals very precisely. Many of them go hand in hand, so I think they set me up to be successful, once I begin to accomplish them. I’ve also expanded into some additional categories, so we’ll see how that goes. So, without further ado, here are my 2014 Goals:

Tracy’s Riding Goals

  • Increase flexibility (hamstrings, right ankle)
  • Increase Leg Strength
  • Improve Flat Position, with a straight line from shoulders to hips to heels
  • Improve Jumping Position, with more break over at the hips
  • Consistently jump 2’6” in lessons
  • Show 2’6”

As you can see, each goal really lends itself to helping me accomplish the next. I also kept my goals less about showing, as I know with the wedding, my show season will be spotty at best, and more about personal improvement.

Miles Sept 2013

Miles’ Goals

  • Improve lengthening and shortening within all 3 gaits
  • Improve balance, especially through tighter turns
  • Increase stamina/power to the left
  • Gain more muscling in neck and topline

I don’t really have that many goals for Miles — he’s a pretty finished horse. But I would like to improve a few things (at least marginally). Most of these goals will be accomplished through general conditioning, so it’s nothing Earth shattering… I guess I’m better at making goals for myself than my horse, haha.

Personal Goals

  • Stick to a workout plan
  • Learn portion control
  • Increase core strength
  • Lose 25 pounds
  • Create a more inclusive budget
Again, I organized my personal goals so that accomplishing one lends itself to accomplishing another. Maybe a more lock-step program will help me cross a few more things off the list. Most of these are fitness related; hopefully less distractions will force me to focus on the issue and make positive changes in my life.
More on the last goal in another post, but the jist is my budget is an ever-evolving creature, and I’m slightly obsessed with knowing where every penny is.
bucket list

Bucket List

  • Win a blue ribbon with Miles
  • Win a division champion with Miles
  • Show in a 2’6″ Equitation Over Fences class
  • Show in a Hunter Derby/Special Class
  • Go to an A-Rated show
  • Go to an overnight (for me) show
  • Ride on the beach
  • Trail ride with Sam
A new category for 2014! Part of the reason I like yearly goals, with quarterly reviews, is that it creates a deadline and a sense of urgency. But for some things, that urgency is a bad thing. Next year I hope to move up a division, and I don’t expect to be particularly competitive. Hell, I don’t even want to show until I’m ready to move up and that could mean showing in May or not until October. So basically, while I do have dreams (and eventual goals) of placing well and winning lots of satin, I don’t want to say that it’s a goal for next year.
Thus the bucket list! This way I have my showing dreams written down, as well as a few miscellaneous horse-related dreams.

Tack Wishlist

  • Close contact saddle
  • Stirrup leathers from Gary Mundy
  • Shaped fleece pad that fits my new saddle
  • Liquid Leather Spanish top Tall Boots
  • Helmet with removable, machine wash liner
  • Tailored Sportsman Breeches
  • New hunt coat
My final new category for this year! I must admit, that the point of this category is two-fold: (1) to help me budget my tacks “wants” throughout the year and (2) as motivation to accomplish my goals. Some items on the list (like the saddle and leathers) are more immediate needs, yet I still want to include them in my budget. Putting them down will help me incorporate them into my financial planning.
Other items, like new tall boots and TS breeches are wants — I don’t need them. But if I accomplish some of my goals… such as losing weight, I will probably need them since the old ones might not fit. Plus then I can reward myself with pretty things.
So, there you have it! What are your goals for 2014? 

Tracy

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13 thoughts to “2014 Goals”

  1. I’m so new to your blog, and very interested to see how your 2014 shapes up! Looks like you are in good position to attack those goals!

  2. Great idea for the quarterly review. I don’t think I make enough progress monthly for that to be helpful, but quarterly is a decent enough time to get some stuff accomplished!

    1. Unfortunately I can’t take the credit for the quarterly review idea — it was all L. Williams over at Viva Carlos. But I do really enjoy it!!

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