With 2019 nearly here, I thought it would be appropriate to go through the barrel racing goal setting workshop. There is nothing like the new year to set some new goals that will help bring your barrel racing dreams closer to reality. I encourage you to go through this workshop, following each step as instructed. You may be presently surprised next December when you see how many things you have achieved!
Why a Barrel Racing Goal Setting Workshop?
Some statistics show that 80% of resolutions have failed by just the second week in January. Can you believe that?! That’s a pretty dismal statistic. That means that there is a pretty good chance that whatever barrel racing resolution you have in mind right now will not be successful.
Until you go through the barrel racing goal setting workshop, that is. This workshop will increase your chances of success tremendously. By taking the time now to sit down and go through this workshop you will be setting yourself up for success in the coming year.
Write it Down
Research has shown that when you write your goals down you are around 50% more likely to achieve those goals. Think about that for a minute. If you could increase your odds of earning a belt buckle by 50% just by writing something down on a piece of paper, wouldn’t you do it? Of course!
That is why you will be doing a lot of writing during the barrel racing goal setting workshop. And I highly encourage you to actually write this stuff down, rather than type it. There is something about using a good old fashioned pen and paper that makes this work that much better.
Let’s be Realistic
If you are a barrel racer, there is a good chance that at one point or another, or even right now, you have the goal of running down the alleyway in the Thomas & Mack for the National Finals Rodeo. It’s the barrel racer’s ultimate dream.
The challenge I have with setting this goal is that it seems very, very far off for the majority of barrel racers. If you are a competitor who has never once pulled a cheque at a rodeo, how can you expect to qualify for the NFR? That being said, who am I to say what you may be capable of?
Yes, when some people set the goal of making the NFR they are completely unaware of what that takes, what is required. But I also know that there is a huge amount of power when someone becomes super committed to their goals. Because of that, if you want making the NFR to be your goal, have at it. Just know that you are going to need to be extremely committed to making this goal a reality.
Before we get started with the barrel racing goal setting workshop, I just want to establish a few grounds rules:
- Turn off your cell phone. While going through the barrel racing goal setting workshop you should be completely focused with no external distractions from your cell phone.
- Do this in a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. We want to get your creative juices flowing and do not want that energy interrupted.
- Have fun! Let the child in your come out, allowing yourself all that you can be as a barrel racing. Don’t hold anything back.
With that being said, let’s get started.
Barrel Racing Goal Setting Workshop Step #1
Set a timer for six minutes. Once you have read this section start your timer and get writing.
I want you to pretend that it is Christmas Eve. Imagine all of the things that you could ever possibly want. You can be practical later. Just get it all out of you and on paper. Think of all of the things that you would like to have. A new barrel horse with Frenchmen’s Guy bloodlines? Maybe a new saddle. A gold belt buckle from winning your circuit.
Then I want you to think of all of the things that you want to do or experience. Maybe your dream is to compete at your rodeo association’s finals in the short go. Or perhaps you want to train a young one from start to seasoned barrel horse.
Next, imagine all of the things that you want to achieve. This is where your gold buckle dreams will come into view. Do you want to win your circuit finals? Or maybe you just want to get into the 2D at your local barrel race. What is it that you really want to achieve in 2019?
Lastly, how do you want to give back to the sport? Do you want to pass your knowledge onto someone else? Or maybe you want to take a newcomer to the sport under your wing, showing her the ropes.
With all of these things in your mind, I want you to start writing and don’t stop for six minutes. Make a big list of all of the things you want to have, do, achieve and give. Don’t let your pencil stop moving until you reach six minutes.
I will note here that I do not want you to limit yourself here. If your goal is to ride at the NFR but there is a voice at the back of your minute laughing at you, ignore it. Write down that goal. You don’t need to know how to achieve or acquire these things. That part will come later.
Try to adopt the mind of a child. Kids don’t think anything is impossible. Be an astronaut? You can do that. Be seven feet tall? That’s possible, too, to a child.
Write it all down. Leave nothing in your head.
Barrel Racing Goal Setting Workshop Step #2
The next step in the barrel racing goal setting workshop is to go through each one of the desires you came up with in step one and figure out approximately how long you think they will take to achieve. Use your best guess here. How long would it reasonably take you to achieve your goal?
You may be wrong with your guesses and that’s okay. If you really have no clue of how long it will take you to get where you want to get, ask someone who has gotten there themselves. For example, if your goal is to start placing at your local rodeos, talk to someone who is experienced and is familiar with your situation. They will be able to give you a (hopefully) honest time frame.
Put a 1 beside anything that can be achieved in 1 year or less. Place a 3 beside anything that can be achieved within 3 years. Put a 10 beside anything that can be achieved in 10 years or less and a 20 beside anything that can be achieved within 20 years.
Once you have your time frames set, circle all of your one year goals.
Of these one year goals, circle your top three. We will be focusing on these. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you will not achieve your other goals. It just means that we will not be directing our energy here specifically.
The reason for this is because, if you spread yourself too thin over too many goals, you will do all things but none of those things will be done well or to completion. It is better to more directly focus your attention, time, resources and effort into a few things so that they can be done well and to completion.
Barrel Racing Goal Setting Workshop Step #3
Get a new piece of paper. Begin with your first of three one year goals. Summarize that goal. This should be brief – maybe a sentence of two. It should be clear to someone reading it what you are trying to achieve.
Although I do not really like SMART goals, I am going to encourage you to use the acronym here to ensure your goal is concise and clear.
Measurable or meaningful
Action-oritented or agreed upon
Results-oriented or rewarding
Time-bound or tangible
Make sure that your goal summary meets at least some of these five categories. Really put the work in here to make sure your goal is concise. This will make it much easier to achieve those goals going forward.
Make a summary for each of your three one year goals, preferably each on a separate piece of paper.
Barrel Racing Goal Setting Workshop Step #4
Under each summary I want you to write why you will and absolutely must achieve this goal. This is where you really need to dig deep and get to the heart of the matter. The reasons you can write down here will be your leverage on those days when you don’t feel like putting in the work. When you have zero motivation to get up and do those things that will get you closer to your goal, you can pull out this piece of paper and remind yourself of why you are doing this work in the first place.
One thing you can do is imagine your world if you do not achieve this goal. For example, if your goal is to start placing at your local rodeos, imagine a world where you do not achieve this goal. How will that make you feel? Will it make you feel like a failure? Would it make you consider giving up the horse thing altogether? Really dig deep and imagine that scenario.
Tony Robbins uses what he calls the rocking chair test. Imagine that you are 90 years old and you are sitting on the porch in your rocking chair. You’re looking back on your life and you did not achieve your barrel racing goals. How does that make you feel? What would you have missed out on? Would you have regret if you did not achieve that barrel racing goal?
What if you’re in that rocking chair and you had achieved your goals? How would that make you feel? Would you be proud of yourself? Use those feelings as leverage today to help in achieving your barrel racing goals.
Are your reasons to achieving your goal strong enough to get you to follow through? If not, you need to either continue writing down your reasons or pick another goal.
Barrel Racing Goal Setting Workshop Step #5
At this point you will now have a whole list of goals for your barrel racing career, along with timelines for their achievement. Additionally, you have three one year barrel racing goals with specific reasons as to why you are absolutely committed to their achievement. That’s where your power comes from: you have reasons why you are committed.
How would you feel if all three of your one year goals were achieved? If you aren’t inspired, you need to either go back and get better reasons or select new goals. At this point you should be really inspired and excited about achieving your barrel racing goals.
I want you to put your three goals somewhere where you will see them everyday. Tape them on your bathroom mirror. Put them on your phone. Hang up a piece of paper on the fridge. Put them in the barn near your saddle rack.
Barrel Racing Goal Setting Workshop Step #6
Before we finish up the barrel racing goal setting workshop there is something extremely important that we need to do. With this newfound excitement that you have towards your barrel racing goals, I want you to take immediate action towards their achievement. Let’s get the ball rolling.
Next to your three goals I want you to write some action that you can take immediately within the next twenty four hours maximum. For example, if one of your goals is to make your circuit finals, go buy your membership, map out what rodeos you would like to enter, or whatever else you need to do to achieve that barrel racing goal. Just do something! Today is a massive action day!
Take this action today so that your goal is initiated.
Finish Line Thoughts
Decide right now how you want your barrel racing career to progress. Imagine how you will feel years from now if you achieve your barrel racing goals as set out here today in the barrel racing goal setting workshop. How does that make you feel? Use that feeling to pull you towards the achievement of those barrel racing goals.
The barrel racing goal setting workshop will only work if you do. As such, remember that you need to take immediate action towards your goals. Set up those riding lessons. Buy that membership card. Get outside and put your butt in the saddle. Whatever you need to do, do it now!
And remember, it’s always a #gooddaytoride.
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