Hello, my friends.
I’ve been getting a lot of requests for podcasts, so here you go.
The quest for learning and excelling… and being happy… and helping our horses… and providing well for their happiness… can be fun… and exasperating all at the same time!
And believe me, I’m right in there with you digging deep for these things in my own life in general, and with my horse.
I’ve always been fascinated with the human, horse, and human/horse potential together. It drives my passions.
It’s exciting for me to uncover even the simplest of ideas or tools that we absolutely CAN DO that open up wonderful doors for us. Of course, when we work on ourselves, it immediately helps our relationship with our horse.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been observing riders who are absolutely killing it… recreational riders, teachers, coaches, and competitive riders.
I’ve observed 3 things in all of them make them stand out… and inspire me.
I hope becoming more clear about these 3 attributes inspires you, too.
And the best news is, all three are yours for the taking! You have to do them for yourself consistently.
#1. They have a drive for excellence for its own sake, not for recognition from the outside world.
They have tremendous personal passion for what they do.
These riders LOVE their job with a horse, whether it’s showing, teaching, or training. And they want to be fabulous at it so they can experience the excellence of it for themselves.
Just the excitement of getting out there, doing it, and seeing how good they can get thrills them.
They see standards set by others as inspiration and something to strive for… and maybe even exceed… but it’s not about beating others. It’s to see what’s possible for themselves.
They’re immersed in their own job with their own horse.
Every day is an adventure and an opportunity to learn and excel.
#2. They have the ability to focus on the process and not the results.
They’re all about the horse and the truths about communicating with a horse.
How does a horse understand?
How can I read my horse better?
How can I do better to build their confidence and show them what I want?
These riders love learning and measure everything as compared to themselves and how they’re doing with their horse… not to other people and their horses.
#3. They never give up.
And while these riders absolutely DO have their vulnerable moments, they have learned that their journey is an awesome one.
There is nothing innately lacking in them.
They have learned that HOPE is a verb, not a noun. They will find a way around or through a challenge. In fact, sometimes, the harder it gets, the more they love the challenge.
Challenges and setbacks are to be expected in their eyes.
In fact, problems are their greatest sources of insight about exactly where they should improve, which brings us back around full-circle to the love of excellence for its own sake and focusing on the process, not the results.
What’s interesting is that sometimes their extraordinary success is almost a surprise because they’ve been so consumed by what they’re doing!
So here’s a path to adopting these three characteristics for yourself.
Tap in first and foremost to your own heart.
Make sure you love what you’re doing for its own sake. If you don’t, change it.
Keep reaching one step at a time because you love what you do so much that you can’t wait to learn and do it more.
Know that you’re always enough. Your personal worth is not measured by how you ride a horse!
Your journey is your greatest source of joy for you!
Most of all, have a blast.
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