Having established what is driving you to do this passion of ours Chapter 3 of The Crystal System Book will help you get some clarity on exactly what it is you want and how you are going to get it.
” … Top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields use the setting of goals to give long-term vision and short-term enthusiasm to their projects. It focuses the mind and helps to, not only organise, but prioritise time so that you can make the very most of it. Let’s be honest, for most amateur riders there is a balancing act to be achieved in terms of time. By setting smart, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in your achievements, however small. Assuming these mean something to you, you should see progress in what might previously have seemed a long and pointless grind. Goals will make you aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, so that you can begin to improve your weaknesses and turn them into strengths.”
” … Are you sold on the idea? Are you itching to scamper off and start writing stuff down? Not yet? Here’s my final pitch … goal setting will, unquestionably, build your self-confidence as you tick off your achievements and start to recognise your own abilities and competency. Goals give you a sense of past victories, of what you have accomplished and motivation to succeed in the future. It did for me and I’m convinced it will for you. Without goals your dreams are just wishful thinking, with them you have a ‘call to action’ after all is said and done. An idea is just a dream until you write it down, then it becomes a goal.”
“…I have already stated ‘if you focus on these goals each and every day and if you take action that will move you in the direction of these goals, amazing things will start to happen’. I just wanted to re-iterate the ‘take action’ bit. Nothing matters until you take action. You simply need to set the target and start moving towards it, in at least some small way, each and every day.”
Moving onto Chapter 4 establishing your fitness levels and thereby your ability to ride dressage from several perspectives is fascinating and enlightening.