I used to ride show horses.
I got serious about competing sometime around the age of 12 and I lived and breathed it for many years. I loved to compete and I remember my ritual of focus before I entered the ring. I would ride the course in my mind and would imagine the result I wanted to create. It didn’t always work out as planned but having the intention and the vision would give me the mental space where I could focus. And when I was focused, the unwanted side of the nerves would fall away.
It was a great experience, and I have used the same strategy many times since, even though my days with the horses are long gone.
Having a vision of where we are going and what it is we want to achieve feels powerful. But from there we often get stuck because we want to know the ‘how’ before we begin. We want someone to be able to tell us the steps we need to take so we can succeed.
But how are you supposed to know exactly what you need to do when you are attempting something you have never done before?
You begin with the end in mind.
When you are clear about what you want, and can literally see yourself there, your brain will figure out the how as long as you stay curious and open.
The path is never a straight line, but it is not supposed to be.
Peter Drucker said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
What are you going to invent for you?