How would you define “true confidence?” Would you find it in an award or recognition? Would you say it is a feeling of security when you get on your horse? Would you find true confidence if you were calm in most situations?

It’s pretty hard to nail down one definition of “true” confidence because it could be one or all of those things. And it’s so personal.

At this juncture of my life and career, I have an additional take on confidence. It is the most important definition of all … to me.

Just like you, I have my own trail of ups and downs, on and off of a horse. Sometimes they are technical challenges. Sometimes they are mental challenges. Sometimes they are more personal, like what decision to make.

I think “true confidence” comes from knowing that no matter what is going on around me (or within me) that I’m okay … that nothing can alter my faith that the journey of my life is perfect for me. It’s knowing that all of the set backs, all of the changes and all of the fears I experience are meant just for me and I will do my best to respond in an empowering manner.

My approach is to be acutely aware of my challenges or fears and then figure out if they just need to be let go, or if I need to take a certain action.

True confidence is also knowing that whatever choices I make, that I know I am doing the best I can. It’s knowing that every one of my decisions is never right or wrong. It’s just a choice of a direction.

It’s taken me a while to arrive at this peace and the faith in my personal brand of journey … and to get back to that peace and faith promptly when I feel off course … but I’m getting better. I’ll be practicing forever.

That’s the nature of our horse experiences. We never totally arrive. We are all just on a very personal journey. The true confidence to travel that journey with ease and energy comes from within … not from the outside.

So, my friend … whatever blessings you have … celebrate them. Be grateful. Whatever challenges you have, embrace them. Your journey is unique and meant just for you. Seek the gifts and the lessons. Return to true confidence.

Our horses are are great comforters, mentors and partners in our great personal adventure.

Happy trails!

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10 Comments on “TRUE CONFIDENCE”

  1. Sandy Sherman on Sun, 20th Nov 2016 8:09 pm
  2. So well said Barbra! Our journey is so powerful and beautiful and imperfect, never ending and it’s all mine! I love ❤️ learning and continuing down my path to fulfilling my dreams both in horses and life!
    Thank you for posting!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  3. Carolann Thigpen on Sun, 20th Nov 2016 8:31 pm
  4. Please know how important your words were for me to hear right now.
    I know me, I know my path. I, more than ever, need to listen to my heart.
    And my inner knowing. Much love and thanks.

  5. Barbra Schulte on Sun, 20th Nov 2016 9:17 pm
  6. Carolann … so glad. And yes … listen to your heart.

  7. Barbra Schulte on Sun, 20th Nov 2016 9:18 pm
  8. Sandy … thank you for your comment. You go girl! Happy Thanksgiving to you. Barb

  9. Kris Barnes on Sun, 20th Nov 2016 9:51 pm
  10. Thank you Barbara for your continued inspiration. I always love opening my email and finding something from you. Happy Thanksgiving – enjoy your show and family!!
    <3 Kris

  11. Barbra Schulte on Sun, 20th Nov 2016 10:27 pm
  12. Thank you, Kris! All the best to you!

  13. Linda Davies on Mon, 21st Nov 2016 2:04 am
  14. Hi Barbra, thank you for your message of inspiration & how to feel my own brand of confidence! Your words really were important to me & especially right now as I head to the World Finals!! I have been so blessed to meet you & please know that I appreciate all your help. Good luck to you & your brother in Ft.Worth👍🏻
    Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family, Linda Davies

  15. Barbra Schulte on Mon, 21st Nov 2016 7:44 am
  16. Good luck, Linda!!! I’ll be rooting for you.

  17. Camille Abbott on Mon, 21st Nov 2016 8:37 pm
  18. So true! Not only is my pony my partner but all of those wonderful people who are part of my horse world. They give my confidence to keep on keeping on everyday. Best journey of my adult life. Good luck to you and Clete in Ft Worth. You are both the best!

  19. Barbra Schulte on Mon, 21st Nov 2016 9:24 pm
  20. Yah, Camille!!! Hugs to you.

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