Commitment

Why are you willing to tackle your vision or goal? How much are you willing to invest? What’s the payoff and are there any deal-breakers? Articles that challenge your Why, reveal hidden reservations, clear the bridge of obstacles, and help you work with others to create team success or close a sale.

“If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.” — Numbers 30:2

Don’t Cheat Your Future With Your Past

Cheating delivers a big, fat, juicy, nothing-burger. Another definition for cheating is, “I don’t care.” Like human students, horses learn to cheat when they think they can get away with it and don’t have a significant relationship with the teacher. Cheating horses only do what’s necessary to remove the pressure, to satisfy. No foundation, security, leadership, trust, or confidence is

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Preserving Your Passion and Identity in the Midst of Change

The world is changing. No one knows what August will look like, much less New Years 2021. My question to you is, “Does it matter?” The easy answer is a loud impassioned, “Yes!”, because what people fear most is the loss of control in the midst of change. Change can also play havoc with your art, your passion, and your

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Fearful People – Trading Freedom for Security

Fear is the most powerful human motivator. Nothing gets your attention quicker than an icy drip of sweat down the spine. It’s normal to hold tension in your body, lose your good humor, and dwell on dark worrisome thoughts when confronted with things you don’t understand. Coronavirus is the latest crisis tempting people to exchange freedom for security. Given voice,

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10 Ways to Transform Criticism into Encouragement

No horse is perfect in human terms and no horse is junk. There’s something wonderful about every horse, every kid, and every person. People of great character speak in positive terms. They concentrate on what’s possible, not what isn’t; intentionally finding ways to encourage others. Rather than criticize, folks we admire and trust take care to correct, suggest, and encourage.

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Are You Easy to Obey?

There is a direct correlation between the ease of a request and the odds of obedience. Obedience is a gift. When a horse or person obeys you, which emotion is most likely to show up, gratification or gratitude? I know, sometimes the emotion is more like shock. “Hey, Josh, would you go find your little sister?” Your often oblivious fourteen-year-old

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Peacock butterfly red, purple, and yellow on delicate spring flowers. Importance of patience with horses and children.

Never Quit – The Fruit of Patience

It’s lovely when talent is obvious and the path to success rapid and predictable. Lovely, but rare. More of us are tempted to quit when plans don’t pan out rather than refill our patience tank. Before giving up, let me tell you about an equine quitter I encountered and how it worked out. The worst horse to train is the

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stewardship challenges

Unexpected Stewardship Challenges

Stewardship topped my chart a few years ago when I realized how much stuff we had that we didn’t use. Since then, I actively seek to rehome anything that can better serve elsewhere. If I don’t love something or need it, it’s on it’s way out the door. Five days ago I realized that I’m failing to be a good

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7 Tips to Maximize Your New Year – Pace the Race

My first resolution for 2019 is to Pace the Race. Life is a marathon with mile markers between the beginning and end, some accompanied by squeals of delight while others peel the skin right off whatever hits first. Wins and losses are by-products of living. If all you experience are blessings, you’re likely spoiled and insufferable, entitled and conceited – and

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