The definition of initiative is: the ability to assess and initiate things independently, the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do. A new plan or process to achieve something or solve a problem.
Do YOU take the initiative in your stock show experience? Do you take responsibility for your success and failures, face and overcome your fears?
There is a greater likelihood of reaching your goals when you are personally involved and motivated but how can you show more initiative in your show career?
- Learn to take action - don't wait for someone to tell you what needs to be done. Take the lead, clean the stalls, practice the showmanship, keep your animals healthy by pre-treating for fungus and ringworm.
- Be adaptable - change what isn't working. Learn from those around you. Watch the older exhibitors in the ring. Always ask questions and take every opportunity to learn, adapt and change your approach.
- Never be afraid of failure - try new things and don't let fear get in your way.
"Success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative
and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by the
dint of hard work." Anna Pavlova