“How To Do Extraordinary Things”

Compelling research in personal performance … the ability to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, in an extraordinary way … now points in a direction you probably haven’t imagined.

It’s about growing your character.

Consider this. When you bring to mind the people who you admire the most, isn’t their character a huge piece of why you respect them? It’s not just what they do, it’s how they do it … and who they are as a person.

Think of a famous athlete who performed well, but then fell from grace because of character issues. I bet it was a huge letdown. And in almost every case that person’s performance took a downward spiral.

So when you grow more courageous, or positive, or determined … it’s a powerful impact on your riding results.

During my Insights interview with Dr. Jim Loehr of the Human Performance Institute he said, “… a person’s character is really at the core of one’s ability to do extraordinary things. And the stronger the person is as a human being, the more he or she is able to handle the forces of life in a really important and comfortable way. You have developed an inner kind of strength. It translates into your ability to execute (your riding skills)”.

So the stronger you are as a person, the higher the probability you can handle the slings and arrows that come your way as you pursue your riding dreams … and the more you can achieve.

Dr. Loehr went on to say: “… understand that you’re becoming something as a consequence of riding … you’re either getting more annoyed, more irritated, more angry, frustrated … or you’re deepening your love affair with your riding. For instance in riding, you’re actually deepening your sense of joy and appreciation for this opportunity and you’re learning so much about yourself, your horse … and that the whole thing is such a fabulous kind of gift in your life and if you win great championships and if you win great medals, that’s just icing on the cake.”

The key to doing extraordinary things is to do them with character and values. The real success is that you ride and live with increased meaning … and long-term happiness.

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4 Comments on “How To Do Extraordinary Things”

  1. Tonya Holmes on Wed, 3rd Jan 2018 10:57 am
  2. Thanks Barbra
    I love hearing this every time. It inspires me. It helps me with dealing with disappointments in my riding. I still strive for the win. Is that okay? To hunt for the icing on the cake? Does that hinder my focus?

  3. Barbra Schulte on Wed, 3rd Jan 2018 11:35 am
  4. Tonya, absolutely not! You go for the icing! At the same time, let ‘how’ you go for it, … growing stronger, more courageous, etc. … and always being mindful of your purpose for riding … and your personal values … be what ‘spurs’ you on (pun intended!) That way, the excitement and gratitude for the person you are becoming as a result of all you do,is so exhilarating … and only known to you and celebrated by you. Then, you have one icing for sure … your own awareness of growing … and hopefully another icing … competitive victories in the arena. I hope this helps.

  5. Camille Abbott on Thu, 4th Jan 2018 10:30 am
  6. This is sooooo true Barb! I know my cutting journey has made me a more determined and stronger person, and I am better for it. It has permeated my business as well. So true on the athlete part, and there are so many this has affected. Tiger Woods, Michael Vick to name a few. I stopped cheering them on and quit caring.
    Thank you for a wonderful message.

  7. Barbra Schulte on Thu, 4th Jan 2018 10:50 am
  8. Thank you, Camille! It is so true how our horse journeys impact our lives. Take care, Barb

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