Control your thoughts

What are you thinking about today?
With every horse show, seems to come some life lesson
for me. And this weekend the lesson seems to be once
again, the importance of controlling my thoughts!
It seems like anytime I let my guard down or think I have
them under control the negatives seems to creep in.
I showed twice in the Sr. Pleasure, once Thursday, once
Saturday.
Thursday, I was tired and super nervous.
The stress of the week before was weighing on my mind.
I rode in the pen and felt so uncomfortable, I felt like I was
leaning to the right and kept shifting my saddle. My thoughts
were twisting and turning, “what am I doing in here”, “who am
I to do this” on & on, stupid stuff. I didn’t have a bad ride
but not the best. I had forgotten my goals and my purpose of
training pleasure horses, to find and to use the best training,
non abusive methods and to share them with others.
I know there is a lot of testing to this process, I am not
going to always place in the open division. It is a process
of continuously showing up.
By Saturday I had a better hold of myself,  I thought why shouldn’t
I do this, I have a mission. I have just as good of a horse as they do.
Now I still didn’t get first place, but I was able to come out of the ring
with my head held high, knowing where my mistakes where
and what my homework is this week.
My point is controlling our thoughts, is not just something
we need to do sometimes, but something we
need to do constantly.
Remind ourselves what our goals are and our purpose in
reaching them.
Here’s a thought from the first module in TheRideChallenge
Capture Your Vision…
“AS YE SOW – SO SHALL YE REAP”
“The human mind is much like a farmer’s land. The land gives the farmer a
choice.
He may plant in that land whatever he chooses.
The land doesn’t care what is planted.
It’s up to the farmer to make the decision.
The mind, like the land, will return what he plants …
you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant.
If the farmer plants two seeds – one a seed of corn, the other
nightshade, a deadly poison, waters and takes care of the land,
what will happen?
Remember, the land doesn’t care. It will return poison in just as wonderful
abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants – one corn, one poison
as it’s written in the Bible, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”
The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than
the land, but it works the same way.
 It doesn’t care what we plant … success … or failure.
A concrete, worthwhile goal … or confusion, misunderstanding,
fear, anxiety, and so on. But what we plant, it must return to us.”
Earl Nightingale
What are your thoughts today? Let’s plant seeds of success shall we!
Lean back, chin up, heels down,
2 Responses to Control your thoughts
  1. liz hines
    September 25, 2013 | 3:47 am

    i loved this when i stumbled on it. i showed it to 2 of my top lesson kids who are 11 & 13. with an added reminder that sometimes it just doesnt go your way whats important is that you learn and grow from every experiance you have. after a rough weekend it made them smile!!

  2. Jenny Rohlen
    September 25, 2013 | 4:17 am

    That’s awesome! Thank you for sharing that, you made my night :)

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