​​​​8 Goal Setting Tips

8 Goal Setting Tips
For Incredible Results
in 2020

Do you know what goals you want to achieve in 2020?

Have no idea where to start or how to go about achieving them?

It’s ok. 

You don’t have to answer these profound questions right away.

Everybody, especially the most successful people ask themselves these questions and don’t always have the answers…

They even doubt themselves sometimes! 

It’s normal. It doesn’t come naturally with everyone.

It can take some time and usually needs a bit of soul work to figure it out. 

Though, it’s important to ask the right questions to reveal the right answers…

Clarity comes with action. 

It all starts with knowing thyself. Your own values. Beliefs.

What you like. And what you’re good at?

Knowing and being honest about where you are now and where we want to be, have, do, experience and give is the icing on the cake.Breaking it all down to smaller shanks of time to plan, execute on goals, and evaluate results makes the process much easier. 

Do you know how goal setting works? 

As you may know, failing to plan is planning to fail. If you don’t follow through your plans, you risk not achieving them. 

“The best horse in the world can’t get you to your destination if you don’t know where you want to go”. Mohamadino.

If you don’t achieve your goals, it might not be because you’re not good enough, as you may think.

It’s probably because you don’t know how goal-setting works. 

A goal like “I want to be a good horse rider” is not specific enough. You can’t measure it so you don’t know if you’ve achieved it or not. 

As opposed to setting a specific goal like “I want to compete in Geneva Grand Prix in January 2020” for example.

Here are some tips on how to set goals and achieving them this year.

Before we jump right in let's get clear on the basics.

1- Let's First Clarify A Few Terms:

1-1 “Goal” 

Your goal means setting your intention to achieve a specific outcome in a specific time. Ex: To compete at Geneva showjumping Grand Prix in January 2020.

1-2 “Goal Setting” 

Is when you set up goals and prioritize them by importance and urgency. Ex: getting a horse, coach, training daily and competing once a month, etc...

1-3 “Action Plan” 

Is the execution process you put in place to achieve these goals. Ex: Your training and competition schedule, types of exercises, frequency, horse feed, fitness, and health program.

1-4 “Strategy” 

Is your long term plan overview to achieve your goal. Ex: Daily bit of progress on the flat and weekly progress on the jumps to keep my horse motivated.

1-5 “Tactic” 

It is a short term specific action you take to timely implement your strategy. Ex: You discovered your horse is spooking over the water jump, so you focus on water jumping exercises to overcome this challenge and get your horse back on track.

1-6 “KPIs” 

key performance indicators are the tasks that you have to perform particularly good to achieve your goal. Ex: Horse feed, supplements, coach, vet, farrier, grooming, training, tack, etc...  

1-7 “Milestones” 

Are stages you typically pass through to achieve your goals. Ex: successfully completing the national competitions throughout the season that qualify you to the Grand Prix you want to participate in. 


1-8 “Principles” 

Are the rules you follow along the way.
Ex: You want to be sensible and respectful of your horse and teammates.

1-9 “Obstacles” 

Are the challenges that come your way throughout your journey that you have to overcome to achieve your goal. Ex: The horse gets injured, one of your teammates leaves unexpectedly, the horse starts to spook, stop or kick fences, etc...

Now that we’ve defined some key terms, let’s get you started.

2- Questions That You Need To Ask Yourself First:

2-1 What goal are you excited to achieve this year?

Ex: Compete at the Grand Prix in Geneva.

Take a minute to feel it and think (not overthink) about it. Now write it down here in one sentence.


2-2 Why do you want to achieve this goal?

Ex: Because it was your childhood dream to become a Grand Prix rider and get a sponsor.


2-3 How achieving this goal will make you feel?

Ex: Proud.

Take a minute. Write it down here in one sentence.


2-4 Why is achieving this goal important to you?

Ex: To give you the confidence to move forward to the next level.

Take a minute. Write it down here in one sentence.


2-5 What’s the pain of not achieving your goal?

Ex: You’ll be miserable and struggling without a source of predictable income.

Take a minute. Write it down here in one sentence.


2-6 How You’ll measure your success?

Ex: When I clear a 140 cm course of 12 fences including a double, triple, a related distance and water jump.

Take a minute. Write it down here in one sentence.


3- The Main Types Of Goals

You can classify Goals based on many factors:

3-1 Term

Short term (up to a year), medium-term (five years), long term (9 years or more) and lifetime.

3-2 Control

Goals that you can control like training every day (cause) versus winning the Grand Prix which is out of your control (effect).

3-3 Process Vs Outcome Goals

Your outcome goal is your end goal. The process goal is the daily execution that will make you achieve your end goal. 

3-4 Topic Goals

Goals that relate to certain topics or aspects of your being. Ex: health, wealth, relationships, etc..

3-5 Urgency & Importance 

Tackle your goals in this order: 

  • 1st urgent and important goals (vaccinating your horse - do it first). 
  • 2nd important but not urgent goals (minimizing waste at your stable). 
  • 3rd urgent but not important (attending a horse event that you vest no interest in - delegate). 
  • 4th not important and not urgent (answer a phone call that you know is a pure gossip - you can eliminate).

4- The (SMART) Goal Setting Framework

SMART is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.

4-1 Specific 

Like in the example above “I want to participate at Geneva Grand Prix in January” as oppose to “improve my showjumping”.

4-2 Measurable 

Means you can verify and measure if you’ve achieved it or not. You can’t improve what you can’t measure.

4-3 Attainable 

This means reasonable but moderately challenging. It’s a bit out of your comfort zone. It needs some growth work to achieve it. 

4-4 Realistic 

Means matches up with reality. Taking realities into consideration. Ex: riding for 45 minutes a day if you have a couple of free hours per day.

4-5 Time-Bound 

This means you have to put a deadline to achieve your goals. A deadline gives you the power to timely execute on achieving your goals. It prevents you from procrastinating, sidetracking or lagging behind.

5- The BIBS Strategy.

Take bold imperfect baby steps forward consistently every day toward your goals. Perfection is the enemy of progress. More is the enemy of good. Version one is better than nothing. Start.

6- Writing & Visualizing

It’s very important to write down your goals. Have it on a dream board in from of you with pictures. Visualizing and imagining yourself achieving your goal.

Don’t go to bed before you write down your goals for the next day and visualizing yourself achieving them for a few minutes before you sleep.   

7- No Train Ticket

Book yourself a ticket on the No train. Learn to say no to time suckers, overconsumption, any type of extremes and energy wasters. 

There you have it.

As a final note. Be moderate. Bring purpose and joy to everything you do.

Life is a wild ride.

Enjoy every moment of it.

Here Are Some Tools & Resources To Give You A Leg Up:

- Creating Your Best Life by Caroline Miller

- Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

- Hard Goals: The Secret to Getting From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be by Mark Murphy

- Perfect Mind: Perfect Ride, Sports Psychology for Successful Riding by Igna Wolfram

- Horse Calendar & Planner

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