A Practice for a Lifetime

As you get this email on Sunday, November 6th, I will be wrapping up the weekend of the Warwick Schiller Podcast Summit. I am honored to be presenting a 20-minute talk. Although I have not used the exact titles in my last few videos and one podcast, my address is about the four qualities of extraordinary people.

Over the past three weeks, I shared the first three, and now this video rounds it out with number four.


The fourth attribute of extraordinary people is they take care of their hearts. By that, I mean they take time to nourish their spirit.

It seems like this would be so personal that it’s not worth mentioning here, but I have come to know it is central not only to a successful life but to one full of joy and authenticity.

Here’s what I mean.

First, being still and listening within is a practice of the heart and soul.

Next, we never ‘get’ anything to the point where we never need to review it again or build on foundation ideas and skills. Nothing is one-and-done.

I want to apply this idea to a question I received from a social media post from a woman (and I’m paraphrasing here) who is often worrying about getting hurt as she gets older. She doesn’t want to fret about the what-ifs and wonders how to remain confident.

So, in this case, one way would be to visualize or write in her journal every morning about seeing herself as a confident rider – that she trusts her horse and feels safe (she said she did in her question).

Then she could create a ritual at the barn before she gets on her horse to call up calmness. Maybe she offers a thought or a prayer of positive intention for a safe and enjoyable ride. Then every time she begins to worry, she stops her horse, breathes, and doesn’t continue until she feels in her heart that all is well.

In this case, nourishing her spirit would pay big dividends of confidence – and – it would require an investment of energy every time she rides.

No one gets out of having to visit and revisit essential practices that cause us to call up confidence and courage within. And we all will need to do it for a lifetime.

It is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves, and we can do it for anything that truly matters to us.

Leave a message for me and let me know what you think.

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4 Comments on A Practice for a Lifetime

  1. kathy grater on Sun, 6th Nov 2022 2:25 pm
  2. I really needed to hear the last one. After 2 neck surgeries and a major back surgery I’ve been on my horse but no more than a walk. Add more physical problems and I quit trying to ride. Fear of making it worse. Now I’m going to do it. Get me and my horse in shale to cut a cow. Might take a year but that’s the way it is. Thank you Barbra for all you do for those of us that ride;sometimes only in our minds. Love y’all

  3. Linda vandenbosch on Sun, 6th Nov 2022 3:58 pm
  4. Inspiring indeed.. and reassuring.. thank you from my heart

  5. Shannon mireles on Sun, 6th Nov 2022 5:20 pm
  6. Thank you for the encouragement and encouraging words it’s been a bit since I’ve been on my horse my crazy schedule don’t give me much time but I need to hold my self accountable to make sure I get back in the saddle you are such a great inspiration thank you

  7. Laura Yarbrough on Tue, 8th Nov 2022 6:56 am
  8. I am a great listener to myself and my horse…

    my intention for riding today

    love you all!

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