Katherine Merck on Goals

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Katherine shared this editorial in our recent Women In Rodeo News Letter along with 2016 NFR Barrel Racing Qualifier Kimmie Wall and Jessie Jarvis, Boutique Hub Project Manager.

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“A goal is a dream with a deadline and a plan.” – Harvey Mackay. 

The New Year is a new opportunity to set goals, but before you start writing deadlines on the calendar, you need to make sure you are setting your goal for the right reasons. For example, before competing for a rodeo queen title, ask yourself why you want to win and if you are prepared to devote the time and work it takes to win the crown, and if you are willing to be fully dedicated to the title as well. It is easy to get caught up in the idea of winning and, if you win, of attaining the next title, but your first goal should be to become the best version of yourself. As Oscar Wilde said, “be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Dedicate yourself not only to becoming the titleholder, but also to becoming the best titleholder that you can be.

Once your goal is set, it’s time to start planning! A goal is like an apple – it can be overwhelming to try to eat the whole apple at once, but it’s easy to eat one slice at a time. So plan the steps toward your goal. If it’s competing for a rodeo queen crown, one of the first steps is learning equine science. Set attainable milestones for yourself on the way and write them down, and remember, if the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, not the goal.

To be successful, you need to be passionate about what you are doing and become good at it. How do you do this? Through what I call the “three-legged stool:” you need to work hard, work smart, and get along with people. Just like a three-legged stool will fall over without one of its legs, you won’t reach your potential without implementing all three steps. For example, if you are striving to improve your knowledge of equine science, the first step is to work hard by putting in hours of study. The second step is to work smart by studying progressively throughout the year (rather than trying to cram the month before the competition) and finding the best resources – not only reading books, but listening to rural radio, watching YouTube videos, reading the AQHA Journal, and attending clinics. Finally, the third step is to get along with people. Befriending knowledgeable people, like your vet, farrier, trainer or clinician, and asking them questions will further your knowledge. Implementing all three of these techniques (or “legs!”) will help you to reach every milestone in your plan and apply to every facet of being a titleholder and reaching your potential.

Setting a goal for the right reasons, creating a plan, or “roadmap,” to get you there, and using the “three-legged stool” method to work towards each milestone will help you achieve any dream you can dream. So in 2017, be the best YOU! Good luck!

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