Finding motivation when life gets busy – from Bit of Britain

 

We are excited to bring you updates throughout the year from Bit of Britain’s 2017 Top Riders. Today, the Silver Sponsorship winner, Nick Madsen shares how he finds motivation when life gets very hectic. Share this blog with your friends and family to remind them what an important part of the Eventing world that Thoroughbreds are.

Finding motivation
by Nick Madsen

There is no doubt that life can get really busy. And factor in an equestrian sport and it’s enough to make anyone pull their hair out. Eventing is a unique sport because it incorporates three extremely hard disciplines. Each discipline requires precision, focus, and a whole lot of practice. Practice takes time and energy and requires motivation to make it all work. I know from experience that with an extremely busy schedule it can be very difficult to find that motivation.

As I am writing this, I have about 60 deadlines running through my mind that include event entries, work, school, horses, among other things. Just thinking about everything that I have to do tonight to prepare for a dressage show tomorrow morning can be stressful and tiring. However, I know that I will jump out of bed tomorrow morning, stop at Starbucks on my way to the show grounds to be there by 5:45 AM  in order to braid, lunge, groom, and tack up before my 8:17 AM ride time. For me, it’s all about my motivation. I have to think about what all of the effort leads to: trotting down center line, leaving the start box, or jumping that last fence in show jumping. We all have to find and hold onto that motivation in order to be productive and successful.

nick madsen

It can become extremely hard to keep pushing and working towards goals amidst setbacks. With so many moving parts in life before factoring in horses, it can take a tole on anyone’s motivation. Just recently I wrote about how I was eliminated for the first time from an event late last year. This was a huge setback for my horse and I. I had to take a step back, break everything down, and start to rebuild. However, throughout this process I have learned that taking my time to produce instead of push has been so rewarding. Holding onto that motivation has been anything but easy, however seeing even minor improvements show that hard work can pay off. These minor improvements are enough to keep me motivated to work hard.

 

 

Nick Madsen 2nd place – Silver ($1000 USD)

Follow Nicholas on social media:

Scroll for more top stories on Eventing Connect

History waiting to be made as 19 European nations line up at Eventing Championships in Strzegom | Eventing Connect   Connect with the Strzegom FEI European Eventing Championships action: [Website] [Entries] Germany’s Jung aiming for record-brea…

Hartpury International CIC3* cross-country highlights – VIDEO Break | Eventing Connect   Hartpury International CIC3* cross-country highlights – VIDEO Break Over the weekend, many of the world’s top riders were competi…

Wednesday’s SCOOP from Eastern Hay | Eventing Connect   Wednesday’s SCOOP from Eastern Hay Today’s SCOOP sponsor: Eastern Hay is the premier source of hay bales in Eastern USA.  …

Tuesday’s Top 10 – Working student realities | Eventing Connect   WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in every Tuesday for our Top 10 list that could feature just about anyone…

Eastern Hay 770x170-March

Find out how safe barns around the world really are – Sponsored by MD Barnmaster | Eventing Connect   MD Barnmaster is the leader in custom designed barns, horse housing, professional equestrian facilities, horse stalls, modular buil…

Winner, winner…who won the the latest T-shirt draw? | Eventing Connect   Winner, winner…who won the latest T-shirt draw? Drum roll please…… Congratulations to Erin Pullen from Kentucky! As Gam…

bitofbritain-Week1

Heading home after a long night of partying: Horse edition – VIDEO Break | Eventing Connect   Heading home after a long night of partying: Horse edition – VIDEO Break We’ve all had some pretty wild nights out with our frien…

Does your horse rush or drift to jumps? This simple grid work exercise will help | Eventing Connect   Does your horse rush or drift to jumps? This simple grid work exercise will help Your horse has to be able to remain straight and c…

SeminoleWellness2017_770x170

Last Week TODAY | Eventing Connect   Last Week TODAY Catch up on interesting tidbits that you might have missed last week. We work hard to catch all the good stuff so y…

Cross-country schooling gone wild – VIDEO Break | Eventing Connect   Cross-country schooling gone wild – VIDEO Break Cross-country is exciting. Although Eventing involves three phases, all riders ta…

Eventing absolutely slaying it again on Instagram this weekend | Eventing Connect   Eventing absolutely slaying it again on Instagram this weekend Instagram connects the world through photos and eventers love to sha…

Stars, scars and other stuff from this week’s headlines – You be the judge | Eventing Connect   Stars, scars and other stuff from this week’s headlines – You be the judge Another week of fascinating happenings in the Eventing w…

MD Barnmaster-Ad 1-770x170

Things you need to know before riding a fresh off the track Thoroughbred | Eventing Connect   Things you need to know before riding a fresh off the track Thoroughbred Each year, lots of racing thoroughbreds find their way int…

Haras du Pin CICO3* Nations Cup cross-country highlights – VIDEO Break | Eventing Connect   Connect with the Haras du Pin CICO3* Nations Cup action: [Website] [Times/Results] Haras du Pin CICO3* Nations Cup cross-countr…

Jonty Evans’ crowdfunding success delivers 5 worthwhile lessons to help your career | Eventing Connect   Jonty Evans’ crowdfunding success delivers 5 worthwhile lessons to help your career   Crowdfunding is a concept that was or…

Inventive ways to save money that all equestrians NEED to know | Eventing Connect   Inventive ways to save money that all equestrians NEED to know The 2017 equestrian show season is over half way through. For many r…

offbeatsafaris-4-770x170

Stable cats living the dream and getting InstaFamous: Part 22 | Eventing Connect   Stable cats living the dream and getting InstaFamous: Part 22 Eventers are always showing their dogs love via posting adorable pict…

Festival of British Eventing: Corinthian Cup Novice cross-country- VIDEO Break | Eventing Connect   Festival of British Eventing: Corinthian Cup Novice cross-country- VIDEO Break Last weekend, numerous top pairs were competing at t…

Delving into the minds of four-star riders: Boyd Martin (USA) – Sponsored by FLAIR® Equine Nasal Strips | Eventing Connect   Delving into the minds of four-star riders: Boyd Martin (USA) – Sponsored by FLAIR® Equine Nasal Strips There is a significant d…

We are hiring writers and bloggers from anywhere in the world. Must love Eventing. | Eventing Connect   We are hiring writers and bloggers from anywhere in the world. Must love Eventing. We’re looking for smart and passionate Eventing addicts

Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Rachel Rogers | Eventing Connect    Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Ri…

Eventing wear with ATTITUDE. | Eventing Connect   Eventing wear with ATTITUDE. You love Eventing and this line of fun clothing is for you to make some noise about our sport. Other s…