How Being Realistic Can Help Your Equestrian Business

Have you ever wanted to be a top show jumper?


Or the best that you could ever be in any sport or in your business? As I mentioned in my previous blog post about my T.A.R.A. coaching system, having aspirations is vital. It then enables you to have an aim.

But if you want to be the best in whatever you're doing. Say wanting to be a top show jumper. Or jumping bigger fences. You need to be realistic. And the 'R' in my coaching system, stands for "realistic"!

Now I'm all for aiming for the best. But as you know, if you're training a horse to jump bigger fences. It can be easy to over-face them. So they start refusing or napping, or rushing for instance. Because they're anxious or even scared.

It's not realistic to expect a horse to start jumping 1.60meters if they've not had good schooling on the flat. And started jumping successfully at a lower height. Your horse needs training regularly.

You also can't be jumping larger fences and courses if you've not had good training and practice. That's not realistic either.

So how does this apply to your equestrian (or canine) care business? In my example above, there's no reason why you can't jump larger fences. And be the best you can be a show jumper. But as in business. Get the basics right. Understand what you need to do to get better. To achieve your goals. What do you need to do?

If you want to showjump.
  • What training does your horse need?
  • Are you practicing flat work enough?
  • Are you practicing pole work or jumping regularly.
  • Do you need to have lessons to improve your position, so you're helping your horse?
  • Do you need to go out to shows and get used to the ring? Learn how to make the most of turns in different arenas?

There's many steps you need to take. But they're not always complicated! The basics are often overlooked for some new gadget. A quick fix solution. Sometimes the basics can take longer to master and achieve. But they're a good foundation.

But don't think it's all hard work or no success. If it's a struggle then it's not the right aim for you. Enjoy the journey. It may sound a cliche but it's true. If you're not happy along the way then what's the point? I love this quote:

"Happiness is a mindset for your journey, not the result of your destination"

(Shawn Achor)

Finally be realistic in that you need to take action. And it may take sometime. Focus on the actions. But do it all in line with your aspirations. Take reassurance in the fact that your aspirations can become real. By you being realistic that you need to focus. And don't over-complicate things, be realistic that the mastering the basics will stand you in better stead over the long run than a quick fix.

Action Point
  • Review what steps you're taking to achieve your goals.
  • Are you taking action that will really help you? Are you being objective and taking a realistic approach? Or do you need to adjust your daily tasks?

These tips are from my goal setting toolkit. Which is included in my 'Brilliant Tips To Grow Your Horse or Dog Care Business' online course. Find this online at https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com/p/your-guide-to-planning-your-animal-care-business


How to Get Confidence Running Your Equine or Canine Business


Click here for more information on consultancy. Or email me at info @ taranet.co.uk for info on coaching opportunities with me.

Regards, Suzanne
Director at Taranet

PS: You can find more equestrian and pet care themed business articles over at my Linkedin, see more here https://www.linkedin.com/in/suzanne-harris-mcmi/detail/recent-activity/posts/

How To Achieve Your Equestrian Business Aspirations

How Your Equestrian Business Can Thrive With Aspirations!



What does taking targeted action mean to you? Does it seem restrictive? As you'll have read in this blog post, you focusing on a target is the first pillar in my T.A.R.A. coaching system.

The second pillar is A for "aspiring". So do you think having a targeted step by step approach means you can't aspire to achieve your goals?

As an example. Most people who want to learn to ride a horse. Don't want to learn only so that they go around in a manege at walk. For many they want to do showjumping, dressage, eventing, hacking on the beach.

Taking a targeted approach here means they need to learn the basics. From knowing how to mount, adjust the tack, how to rise or sit to the trot, how to canter, steer, etc.

But the aspiration is to do something more. So taking a targeted approach to achieve goals, towards your aspiration here is vital.

So what is your aspiration?

What do you want to achieve in your equestrian or pet care business?



This could be earning a certain amount of money. You could want to have more flexible hours. Or you could want to expand your services or products, and help more animals and people. Knowing your purpose is essential.

Without an aspiration and a goal, then you can't be targeted. Without a goal you'll be taking action without a purpose.



So being aspirational and specific through targeted action sit side by side.

Action Point
  • Review your goals. Do they inspire you?
  • Make a dream board, brainstorm ideas on your goals, don't limit yourself. Your aspirations are yours to define.

These tips are from my goal setting toolkit. Which is included in my 'Brilliant Tips To Grow Your Horse or Dog Care Business' online course. Find this online at https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com/p/your-guide-to-planning-your-animal-care-business


How to Get Confidence Running Your Equine or Canine Business


Click here for more information on consultancy. Or email me at info @ taranet.co.uk for info on coaching opportunities with me.

Regards, Suzanne
Director at Taranet

PS: You can find more equestrian and pet care themed business articles over at my Linkedin, see more here https://www.linkedin.com/in/suzanne-harris-mcmi/detail/recent-activity/posts/

How Taking Targeted Action Can Help Your Equestrian Business

So you want to grow your equestrian or dog care business.



Where do you start? You've got lots of ideas or a goal you're aiming at. Whether you're full of inspiration or daunted. Taking targeted action is vital. You can't do all at once.

The first pillar of my equestrian and canine entrepreneur coaching system is "Targeted".



So what do I mean?

First of all, do you know what you want? An example could be that you want to increase your number of paying customers. But what does that actually mean?

If you've a variety of services or products. Then do you want new or repeat customers for all your services and products? Or some of them?

Specify how many new customers you want. How often do you want your new customers to buy, do you want them to subscribe on a monthly basis? How much money do you want each new customer to spend? How much extra income do you want from these new customers?

Decide on this and and write it down for your goal. This will then be your Targeted Goal.

Once you’ve defined your goal, it’s important to work out how you’re going to get there. To make it all achievable and doable, break it down into small tasks.

Make a list of tasks that you can do to help you achieve your goal. These tasks must be actions that are going to help you reach your goal.

Each task or ‘micro-action’ should be something you can do in a short amount of time - no more than 15 to 30 minutes. Remember, consistency is your friend. And taking small actions every day will reap better rewards than spending an hour or two once a week. (Or every few weeks!)

This is then your Targeted Action.

Find more information on my
T.A.R.A. coaching programme here.

Action Point
  • Review what you want from your business. Are you clear on your goal, and is it targeted to help you grow your business?
  • Do you have a list of actions to complete? Are these targeted to help ensure you achieving goal?

These tips are from my goal setting toolkit. Which is included in my 'Brilliant Tips To Grow Your Horse or Dog Care Business' online course. Find this online at https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com/p/your-guide-to-planning-your-animal-care-business


How to Get Confidence Running Your Equine or Canine Business


Click here for more information on consultancy. Or email me at info @ taranet.co.uk for info on coaching opportunities with me.

Regards, Suzanne
Director at Taranet

PS: You can find more equestrian and pet care themed business articles over at my Linkedin, see more here https://www.linkedin.com/in/suzanne-harris-mcmi/detail/recent-activity/posts/

How To Grow Your Veterinary Business

How The T.A.R.A. Coaching Programme Can Help You



I've created the T.A.R.A coaching program to help you achieve your equine and canine business goals.



So why T.A.R.A.? Well not only is the initials of my inspirational horse Tara. It sums up what steps I use to help you to get the business you want. Whether you're an equestrian, dog care or veterinary entrepreneur.

So what do I mean? Well:

  • Targeted - Being able to take targeted action is vital. Even though you may have lots of different goals and objectives. You can't do all at once. Take targeted action to achieve each goal one by one.
  • Aspiring. Taking targeted actions, doesn't mean you shouldn't be aspiring to achieve lots! Far from it. Knowing your overall business goal is important, and this should be aspiring for you. It should help inspire you. And motivate you.
  • Realistic. Keep your targeted actions and aspirations realistic. I don't want to discourage anyone. But so often I've found clients unable to get the basics in place. Being realistic about what actions you should take. Will be more satisfying and more productive in the long run.
  • Achieve. Having a clear business target. Having aspirational business goals. And taking realistic steps will help you achieve your business goals.

My approach is to keep things simple. To help you be clear on what you need to do. The T.A.R.A. coaching programme will enable you to do this.

Like to know more? Either visit my online courses at https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com or email me at info @ taranet.co.uk

Regards, Suzanne

How To Make More Focused Decisions

How To Keep Focused In Your Equestrian or Pet Care Business



You can always find lots of ideas for anything. Whether it's choosing a new rug for your horse. Or the best food for your dog. And the same is true for management theories and business advice.

How Do You Make Decisions?



Do you feel like you're decisive? Know instinctively what to do? Or do you dither and spend a while deciding what to do? For whatever choice you're making, sometimes it's easy. Sometimes it's hard. Whether in business or personal life and caring for our horses or dogs.

But having a framework to help you decide on what action to take is important. This could be anything. But you need a reference point to help you make a decision. Or to take action. Comparing with showjumping your horse. Or doing a dog agility course. Or even you running a marathon. How will you do this, if you've know idea where the course is? You may do the jumps or do the distance, but if it's wrong, then it'll not get you the result you want.

To help my coaching clients i've devised the T.A.R.A. programme.



Yes named after my dear horse Tara.

So what is this?
T = Targeted. Helping you to take action targeted to helping your business.
A = Aspiring. Helping you to aspire to the life and business you want.
R = Realistic. Helping you to take action that is realistic in achieving your goals.
A = Achieve. Helping you to achieve success in your equestrian or canine business.

You can use this framework to keep you on course. To get the results you want in your equestrian or pet care business.

Action Point
  • Consider how you make decisions in your equestrian or pet care business. Do you feel like you need some mentorship and guidance? Or are you ok as you are?
  • Review my previous blog posts for more tips to boost your equine or canine or veterinary business.

How to Get Confidence Running Your Equine or Canine Business



Click here for more information on consultancy. Or email me at info @ taranet.co.uk for info on coaching opportunities with me.

Regards, Suzanne
Director at Taranet

PS: You can find more equestrian and pet care themed business articles over at my Linkedin, see more here https://www.linkedin.com/in/suzanne-harris-mcmi/detail/recent-activity/posts/

Treat Your Business Like A Garden!

Hello

When I was gardening recently it occurred to me the similarities it has with business.

I’d cut a hedge back a few weeks ago. And it had looked good! Without a close-up inspection in the weeks after, I thought it wasn’t too bad, and was mostly fairly short. But when I went back to it properly, a few weeks later. I found that it was a lot longer than I’d realised. And a lot more cutting back would be needed to get it back in shape. Not out of control, but on its way to being so.

So the parallel with business? You can set your goals for the short term or long term. But goal setting and doing a lot of work occasionally isn’t enough. Although any work you do that helps towards your goals, is better than nothing. It won’t get you there faster. I know speed isn’t everything.
But spending time occasionally, can mean you have to do more, when you do decide to do more work specifically towards your goals. Which may make you feel overwhelmed. And this can lead to disillusionment.

Have you ever felt like you don't know what task to do first? Or exhausted at seeing all that needs to be done?

I did find with my garden, a feeling of this is going to take me ages to get to how I want it! A bit of gardening a few times a week, is better than once in a while.

Work often towards your goals, will mean you don’t get overwhelmed. (Or less so anyway). And help stop work getting out of control.

Your Action Point
  • Review your business goals. What do you want to achieve in the next 1 month, 3 month, 6 months, etc?
  • What do you need to do to achieve your goal?
  • What task can you do every day. No matter how small. That will help you towards that goal?

How to Get Confidence Running Your Equine or Canine Business


Visit https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com or email me at info @ taranet.co.uk for info on coaching opportunities with me.

Regards, Suzanne
Director at Taranet

How To Live Your Vision

What is your vision? What are your goals?



In these unusual times, you may be wondering if you should even be thinking of visions and goals. But one thing this pandemic has shown is that you never know what’s going to happen. Ever. Being able to be flexible and not too rigid in how you’re going to achieve your goals has always been good advice. Even more so now.

Having a vision is important, as otherwise we’ll be aimless. This is fine sometimes. If we’ve had setbacks in any aspect of our lives, then we can all feel without purpose. But long-term we’ll end up getting nothing done. Achieve success by having clarity on what you want, and then living a life which achieves that. So what do I mean?

Using language to live the life you want. If you want to have more money, don’t focus on having none. Don’t say to yourself or others, “i’ve not got enough money”. Instead focus on what you do have. Even when buying a magazine or newspaper. Say to yourself, "i’m grateful and appreciate having the money to buy this". Subtle? But over time, focusing on what you do have, not what you’ve not, means you’ll feel better and attract the life you want.

Behaving how you want to be. For instance if your vision is to have excellent health and fitness.Don’t eat junk food or do no exercise. Start eating nutritious high quality food and start moving. This

Consider what are your thoughts? Even though are lives are currently restricted, are you focusing on what you haven’t got, or what you have? Are your thoughts holding you back from feeling more positive. Or optimistic about your future? The pandemic has proven we can’t control everything in our lives. But actually this hasn’t taken away our ability to control how we react to situations. We have the ability to choose our thoughts.

I love this quote from Tom Ziglar

"The fastest way to success is to replace bad habits with good habits".



Being uncertain of the future is normal, never more so than now. But having clarity of your vision and what steps you can take. Today and tomorrow and the day after to live the life you want is very empowering.

What else can you do to help clarify your vision, and build your mindset to achieve your goals?

Meditation and positive affirmations can be very useful. You may not think these are for you. But they’re for everyone!
My recommendations are Gabby Bernstein, Abraham Hicks and Louse Hay. Find lots of their recordings online, including at youtube.

Get your goal setting toolkit as part of my online course 'Brilliant Tips To Develop Your Horse or Dog Care Biz' https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com/p/your-guide-to-planning-your-animal-care-business

How to Get Confidence Running Your Equine or Canine Business

Visit
https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com or email me at info @ taranet.co.uk to learn more.

Regards, Suzanne
Director at Taranet

How You Can Make A Change

Hello

We’re living in an unusual time. A pandemic isn’t something many businesses or people will have prepared for. Even despite any extensive business continuity planning!

If your business has had to change or even stop as a result of the pandemic. Then you maybe questioning what you can do. But there will be things you can do!

A question the legendary businessman Zig Ziglar opened his speeches with was:

"How many of you would agree that there is something you can do in the next two weeks that would make your life or business worse?"


This usually got everyone's attention. He then followed with this statement:

"Then it stands to reason that there are things you can do to make your life or business better, and the choice is yours."



Do you agree that there are things you could do to…
  • Improve your knowledge?
  • Get a more successful career or business?
  • Be healthier?
  • Have stronger relationships?
  • Have more peace?
  • Have more hope for the future?
  • Have less stress?

But…
  • Do you agree that many times you simply don’t do those things?
  • Do you agree that you don’t do things you know you should do, even when you know what to do and how to do them?
  • Can you be more productive?
  • Can you take opportunities to learn and grow (there are so many online opportunities!)?
  • Would you like to reach your biggest dreams and goals in life and business?

Take action. Do one thing at a time. Try not to try and do too much at once. This will often lead to failure and will make you disillusioned.

Action Point..
  • Get your journal or notebook. Using the first set of bullet points above, decide what you're going to do. Write it down.
  • Decide how you can make a change today, tomorrow and next week to achieve it. Small steps, every day. Consistency is key!
  • Make a list of the actions - and then complete them!


You can get a goal setting toolkit as part of my online course 'Brilliant Tips To Develop Your Horse or Dog Care Biz'
https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com/p/your-guide-to-planning-your-animal-care-business

How to Get Confidence Running Your Equine or Canine Business

Visit
https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com or email me at info @ taranet.co.uk for info on coaching opportunities with me.

Regards, Suzanne
Director at Taranet

Tips to Stay Positive in Difficult Times

Hi
What a difference a few weeks make. Or even a few days! The coronavirus outbreak continues to evolve. Even if you're in good health and feel well, you may also be feeling confused. Sad, upset or even angry.

It's important to acknowledge our feelings, whatever they are. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with too much news and other people's opinions. Looking at social media and listening to news commentary or radio interviews. A common theme seems to be that a lot of people have very strong views. Now I do too. But I don't want to enforce them on others. We're all entitled to our own opinion. Sometimes though others opinions can seem wrong, judgemental and annoying. Don't let it get to you!

Take a break from the news. Listen or read it once a day if you can, and find it easier to deal with. Breathe. Underrated it is, but breathing long slow deep breathes can ease the stress! Spend a few minutes appreciating what is around you. Even if it's the ground your standing on, or the chair you're sitting on. Think about what you believe at this moment.

You may have question marks about your business. Do you think your income will drop? Can you continue to offer your existing service? Can you do any work online? Here's some ideas for you as a canine or equine therapist:

  1. Get clean, very clean. Clean down after every customer. Use one of the coronavirus effective cleaning solutions if you can too. Clean everything. Door handles, surfaces, etc.
  2. Biosecurity. Make sure your customers know that you're open for business, but only if they are well! If they're displaying any of the symptoms, then ask them to stay away.
  3. Skype/Facetime. What advice can you offer online? Can you provide a demonstration? Provide advice on how the owner can help their horse or dog. You can charge for this as an online consultation!
  4. YouTube or Instagram TV. Can you start producing some videos providing tips or information. Those that will be useful for existing and new customers?
  5. Complete some CPD. Whether that's online training about your therapy. (or another that could help long-term with your business). My online social media course for you. Reading up on latest research/developments.
  6. Talking of reading. If you'd like some healthy inspiration check out your Aloe Matters e-mag, it's waiting for you online at http://440000346921.myforever.biz/aloelife/

There are lots of things restricted (or will be). But there are still lots of things that are possible. Remember this pandemic will pass. It may not seem it. But it will!

If you want the latest NHS advice, please visit
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Action Points

1. Reflect on the above ideas. What can you do to re-purpose your business at this difficult time?
2. Get help to feel calmer by trying meditation. Gabby Bernstein has lots to help you with this. Visit her
website here.

Until next time and if any questions then please email me, or contact me on social media (links below).

Finally, keep safe and well :)

Regards, Suzanne

How to Remain Focused on Your Canine or Equine Business

Often a goal for business owners is to employ people and lots of them! Is this something you can relate to? Now there are obvious advantages.

Depending on your business type, employing people can mean you’ve got lots of work and can’t do it all yourself. So is sensible to have staff.

But it can get overwhelming. Not only is there the process of recruitment and employment contracts. Also training and development too to consider. You'll also have expenditure, on salaries, equipment, etc for your staff.

You can also be overwhelmed from having too much work, or not enough. Or other reasons too.

All this can mean you lose focus on your ultimate goal. How do you know if this is happening?

  • You may feel stressed.
  • Keep feeling ill.
  • Being overwhelmed, unable to make decisions.
  • Longing to get to the next day off.
  • In other words not enjoying the here and now.

One of my mentors recently mentioned a study to me. Conducted by Steven Cole of the UCLA School of Medicine, and Barbara Fredrickson of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This revealed that people who found deeper meaning in their lives had strong immune systems. Compared to those who had a more self-centered approach to life.

http://peplab.web.unc.edu/files/2018/11/koketal2013.pdf

What does this mean? By following your goals and finding deeper meaning in your efforts. Will make you stronger, literally.

Operating your horse, dog or veterinary business may not always be plain sailing. And it’d be difficult for anyone to feel 100% motivated all the time. But it would be good to be pretty close to that wouldn’t it?!

My mentor also mentioned this thought provoking quote. From Holocaust survivor and celebrated psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. He wrote, “
Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose”. Worth reviewing again?

If you do decide to use staff to help you develop your business. If you’ve a strong meaning and purpose in your actions, then it should help you:

  • Be clear to your team, what you want them to do.
  • And how they can contribute to the success of your business.

You don’t need to always use staff though to develop your business. What can you do as a sole trader? Can you achieve what you want, without recruiting a team?

Remember too, that being a sole trader doesn’t need to mean that you're isolated. You can have a business coach. Go to networking groups and lots more opportunities for you. All of these can help you remain motivated and focused on achieving your goals.

Action Point..
  • Get your journal or notebook. Spend some time today thinking about what you want to achieve with your horse or dog care business.
  • Write down your vision.
  • Then write down your immediate goals? Do you have more than one goal? Write them all down. Then prioritise - what do you need to work towards first to achieve your vision?
  • Revisit your vision daily. If you're feeling deflated, or overwhelmed. Then by revisiting this vision it will help you remember what you're working towards. (and what you want your staff to help you achieve).
  • Even if you aren't feeling overwhelmed, then reminding yourself of your vision daily will help program your mind to keep focused on the main prize. Your business or personal success! (whatever that means to you).
  • This should help you give you meaning and purpose!


If you'd like any further advice on applying these tips for you in your horse or dog care business. Then please email me at info @ taranet.co.uk

How to Get Confidence Running Your Equine or Canine Business

Visit https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com or email me at info @ taranet.co.uk to learn more.

Regards, Suzanne

How To Create Positive Energy

Hello

Do you find some days draining? Not in a "wow that was a busy but productive day". But in a "I didn't do what I wanted get done, because of x, y, z"?

Here's some quick tips to help you feel more energised. This will help you get into a more positive mindset with your horse or dog care business.

  1. Let go of daily disappointments. You can't change what's happened. Use any "disappointments" as a learning experience.
  2. Practice gratitude. Be grateful for the day you've had - focus on what was good. At the end of the day find 3 things that went well. And be grateful for this. (Could be as simple as 'feeling well', or having customers, etc).
  3. Choose to spend time with people who “boost” you. Are people draining you? On a scale, would you say that they're positive, neutral (no difference either way), or make you feel drained and exhausted and troubled?
  4. Be intentional with your actions. What and who do you want to be in any particular scenario?
  5. Be kind. Kindness, giving “gifts” can help you to thrive. Instead of taking - why not give instead? This could be as simple as pausing whilst driving to let someone out of a junction or cross the road, rather than making them wait for ages.
  6. Remember to push yourself (not too hard!). But be the best that you can be, don’t choose mediocrity.

You may wonder, will the above help you feel more energised? Will you feel less disappointed? Yes they will make a difference. But consistency is key!

Action Point..
As with so much in life (and business), be consistent. Don't expect instant results. But every day, take action to be the best you can be. Do one (or all!) of the above.

Remember…If you'd like any further advice on applying these tips for you in your horse or dog care business. Then please email me at info @ taranet.co.uk

How to Get Confidence Running Your Equine or Canine Business

Visit https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com or email me at info @ taranet.co.uk to learn more.

Regards, Suzanne

How To Develop Your Self Belief

Hello,

Do you ever feel like you need to boost your self belief? Or are you feeling confident most of the time?

Many of us have 'wobbles', it's normal! But it can be easy not to do anything about our confidence. Especially when we're busy, and caught up in a routine of what can be work, eat, sleep - and repeat.

Here's a few of my top tips to help you develop your mindset.

  1. Surround yourself with people who have an abundant mindset. What do I mean? People who focus on what’s going well and not what's wrong. Their positivity and abundant thinking can rub off on you. Yes!
  2. Don’t worry about detail. It's easy to over-think. I know I can do this for sure! But overthinking about the details can lead to you becoming bogged down with negativity. (and worse not taking action). Remember to focus on your long term vision for your business (and/or life!).
  3. Bolster self belief by carrying out mindset rituals. Do these first thing in the morning for best results.
  4. Celebrate your successes. Love yourself more! Treat yourself - don’t feel guilty having a hot bath, drink. Do more affirmations, etc.

Action Point..
As with so much in life (and business). Consistency is key. Don't expect instant results. But every day, take action to celebrate being you. Do one (or all!) of the above.

If you'd like any further advice on applying these tips for you in your horse or dog care business. Then please email me at info @ taranet.co.uk

How to Get Confidence Running Your Equine or Canine Business

Visit
https://animal-star-social-media.teachable.com or email me at info @ taranet.co.uk to learn more.

Regards, Suzanne