I play basketball, run, deal with horses and those who want to be with horses. I have never gone to the Olympics in any of theses sports, so I guess what I have to say has little value. Or does it?
How does the top become the top?
By relying on a base. Everyone starts somewhere.
Should I lower my standards because I am not ever going to be good enough?
I play pick up basketball and it can get serious at times. People try to coach you, or someone tries to hurt you out of competitiveness. I do not spend too much time on things I do not do well- like dribble or guard the middle or block shots. Because my goal is not the NBA, I slack off. Well, not really.
I take my game serious where I can and let someone else pick up where they are better. I have fun, but not at the expense of safety or following the rules. (My nick name was hacker in college, and I am trying to diminish that).
I run, but not at any speed that will set records. I have been lapped on a marathon route. If someone told me how to improve my times I would have to seriously consider the source, and my abilities before I busted my gut.
With riding, it is a bit different. We have a creature involved in the process that has little choice in the outcome. I need to be mindful of its comfort and how it is affected by lack of training or expertise. I have some riders who are willing to stay at a level for as long as it takes to get it right. I appreciate that.
People will say-I don’t want to be any better so I don’t want to deal with improving. With lots of sports, you can find the niche that suits that way of thinking. I am not endangering too many lives with my lack of finesse in basketball and running. (a few of the guys on Fridays and Sundays may disagree.)
I do need to take stock of what I plan to do and honestly deal with the issues that arise because of my plans. I will not lower the standards necessary to safely and progressively achieve those goals regardless of what level I am at.
Being a winner at the base is as important as a being a winner at the top.