Planning for the New Year

The New Year is here, and many of horse folks are worrying about how we can make 2018 better than 2017.
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Credit: Photos.com What are your resolutions for 2014, personally and professionally?

Credit: Photos.com What are your resolutions for 2014, personally and professionally?

The New Year is here, and many of us horse folks are worrying about how we can make 2018 better than 2017. Many of us make personal resolutions...we'll eat better, exercise more, be a better friend. But what about our professional goals for the new year for our equine businesses?

The solution is to quit worrying and take action!

Maybe today is a good time to think about what you would change about yourself and/or your equine business. Here are three tips for doing that.

1. Recognize a Problem. 

While that might seem simple, sometimes we are discontented with a job or place in our life and don’t understand the root of that problem. I have known people who thought they had professional problems, when in fact their home life was the real root of their dissatisfaction (and vice versa). If you can’t seem to find the root of the problem yourself or by talking to friends, seek professional advice. Getting new “tools” to help you better manage your life is a good thing for your business, too.

2. Set Goals. 

You should set goals in writing with deadlines, then enlist the help of at least one other person to help you accomplish those changes and reach your goals. Post those goals where you have to see them daily. Don't become blind to them. That's why it is important to set smaller goal steps toward a larger goal. 

If you want to build a new indoor arena, what has to happen to accomplish that? Is it improving your credit score to get a loan? Is it getting enough students that you know you can pay for the structure? Is it something as large as buying a whole new piece of property and moving, or as small as just deciding when to start?

3. Reward Yourself. 

If you accomplish a goal, reward yourself! That can be as simple as going out for ice cream or as extravagant as giving yourself a holiday. Share your success with someone who will help you celebrate, whether that is a significant other, best friend or your best clients.

Take-Home Message

It’s not easy to set and attain personal resolutions or business goals, but with effort, you can succeed! Take it in small steps so that you can see progress. Seek out friends or professional help, whether that is a counselor, an architect, an fellow stable owner who wants to combine efforts, or your family. Then don't forget to celebrate even the small steps that you accomplish!

May you have a happy and prosperous New Year!