Horses for courses, different tracks, different surfaces, different distances…certain things for certain purposes…certain people for certain things! We have just witnessed another year at the now infamous Galway Races here in Ireland. A place where thousands of people converge and congregate on the last of July ever year to celebrate The Harvest i.e. the work done for the household for the coming autumn / winter seasons…turf home, hay saved, food ready for eating. It is a time of celebration, as many of these race-goers have a ‘course’ that they enjoy being on, a course that they have made the most of, a course that brings out the best in them, a course that makes them a living. A course that has allowed them celebrate and be happy at this time of year. What is your course?
This course that we talk about is your place of work, your place of making a living or for young people it is the road they are on so as to bring them to there ideal course, where they can be their best, where their natural competencies will come to the fore and where they can generate an income that meets their desired lifestyle that lets them go racing. The course may be an outdoor course, an indoor course, a course that is underground, a course that is up in the air, a course based at home, a course far away. What is your course?
To choose the right course for a horse to run its best on, you have to know the horse, you have to know what it’s good at, what types of ground it runs best on and comes easiest to them. There isn’t much point running the horse on a course that causes them to tire easily, work up a sweat too soon or gives them no advantage or help in winning the race and getting to the top of their game. The course has to be a course that the enjoy running on, a course that they can perform to their best every time. If the course does not allow the horse to do this, then it is time to change the course. What is your course?
As we go through our education and life, we are consistently seeking different courses. When you analyse these different courses that we are looking for, you will see that they all have something in common. This ‘something in common’ is what your ideal course must have, it is where and when you feel the most comfortable and the most natural. Identify these commonalities in your course, then choose the course. This course will be your foundational course for all of your future. What is your course?
You are the horse and your ideal career is the course. We all don’t have personal trainers or a jockey lime horses do to train us and steer us in the right direction when we go off track or to encourage us to jump over those hurdles to achieve the ultimate prize i.e. being the best we can be in our race. But thinking like how horses are prepared for and perform at races is how we should be thinking when it comes to our education and careers.
Horses for courses, different tracks, different surfaces, different distances…certain things for certain purposes…certain people for certain things!
Choose your ideal course to race on…