Fist Pump the Victories

It’s baseball mania at our house at the moment, St. Louis Cardinals style. My husband, Tom, and I are fans.

We grew up in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis. We didn’t know each other then, but our families were rabid Cardinal fans – so off we went. It was fun, and my interest isn’t crazed like Tom’s, but I enjoy the games.

They are killing it this year – doing GREAT! They’re number one in their division by several games. They have a rock star home run hitter, Albert Pujols, who’s knocking it out of the park game after game.

The other day, he hit two home runs in a single game and had players score on his other two base hits.

This video is all about what Albert Pujols said during an interview after the game when the sports paparazzi swarmed him!

It’s a tremendous high-performance mindset tip.

This is the first of several I will share with you. His thoughts are so clear and so relevant to what we do with our horses.

I want to make two points here as backdrops to my story.

First, Albert Pujols is retiring at the end of this season, along with two other long-time Cardinal players, pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molena.

Second, when Pujols hit his second home run of that game, he raised his head to the heavens, tossed a kiss to the sky, pumped his chest with both hands, and said, “Yes!”

Now back to after the game…

One of the sports reporters asked Albert if he made those gestures as a “show” to other players. I got the feeling he was insinuating, “Look at me!”

Pujols looked at the reporter, a bit stunned, and said, (and I’m paraphrasing here) “No! I did that in gratitude for that home run. That was my personal celebration. I don’t do things like that for other people! A thought about impressing younger players never even entered my mind.”

It got me thinking about how challenging it can be for riders not to consider how other people view us.

Of course, if we hit a home run in the arena (-:, we celebrate on the inside.

More importantly, we tend not even to acknowledge small victories.

After a ride with a mediocre score in the show arena, we walk out, and all we can think of is what went wrong.

We tend not to pay attention to the many positives that happened – or the places where we significantly improved since the last ride. We shrug it off because it’s a “Yeah, but… Yeah, but I did all of this other stuff wrong.”

But celebrating small victories and seeing them as part of who we are is critical to our growth. We will always be in that same process of doing some things well and needing to change others. It’s how the world works.

But if we identify with only our weaknesses and feel shame or lack because of them and ignore the good stuff, we are short-changing ourselves. We slow our progress.

So the next time you ride, throw a kiss skyward for the good things and pound your chest. (-: Look for the places to improve because they are also good – like blinking neon signs to where you should focus next to improve.

I thought that high-performance tip from rockstar Albert Pujols was perfect for us.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

And by the way, are you a baseball fan?

Just sayin’ – go Cardinals!

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16 Comments on Fist Pump the Victories

  1. Nancy Burroughs on Sun, 28th Aug 2022 2:05 pm
  2. O Barb I loved your video. Loved saying yes to our small victories and large ones. You inspire me. Still working on well connected. It’s amazing. I love to watch you ride. Have a blessed day.

  3. Kathryn on Sun, 28th Aug 2022 2:34 pm
  4. Thanks for this encouragement, Barb! I work alone with my horse most of the time, which is good because I LOVE celebrating the victories! She looks at me like my hair is on fire when I jump off and do a happy dance around the arena. 💃 ( I tend to NOT do this in public. BTW) Nice to know it’s an appropriate at-home response.

  5. Tali Manthey on Sun, 28th Aug 2022 2:39 pm
  6. Wow…I needed that. I am one who normally is very excited when I came out of the arena after I make a run. Sometimes even when I forget I am competing in a timed event 😜. I am simply happy to be able to compete again. But the past few days I have been a little hard on myself in wanting more from my runs. Time to step up along with being Grateful for the ride.

  7. Linda Clavel on Sun, 28th Aug 2022 3:54 pm
  8. I LOVED this message! I do not celebrate even the little victories but from now on I will! Because of your videos, everyday messages and your book, I have developed my own little saying, “my ride, my joy”. Thanks!!

  9. Kathy McBride on Sun, 28th Aug 2022 6:09 pm
  10. Barb, this is a great reminder! I am not one who remembers to celebrate the small victories or give myself credit for the hard work and progress I make with my horse. I need to make more of a point to do this. I am blessed to have horses in my life as well as mentors like you.

  11. Nancy Gallion on Sun, 28th Aug 2022 7:39 pm
  12. Yes little victories go a long way for me these days. Just keep logging along with our family idea and training. And gotta love my Cubbies. Go Cubs!

  13. Tricia R on Sun, 28th Aug 2022 10:24 pm
  14. I love this Barb! I do regular video coaching and my trainer always starts with “Tell me what successes you had during the month”. It’s so important to acknowledge these and celebrate them, even if they are small. Love it!

  15. Mark Mahnken on Sun, 28th Aug 2022 10:35 pm
  16. He may have been acknowledging his Lord and savior like Casey Deary does. Takes guts it’s a lot to live up to.

  17. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 28th Aug 2022 11:45 pm
  18. Hi Barb, This was a fun video to watch–Nic yawning–Ha Ha, and you talking about the Cardinals, and the player who was so happy with his victories that day. It is such a good reminder to take stock of our little victories, as that means there is forward progress. Thank you! ps We are SF Giants fans in our household. 🙂

  19. Camille Abbott on Mon, 29th Aug 2022 7:22 am
  20. Hi Barb!
    First, yes I am a baseball fan! I watched Pujols when he was an Astro and was very sad when he left. Both of my sons played and my oldest son play all the way thru college. I loved the message of this video. I agree: you DO have to celebrate the little victories because they are huge victories in the horse world in so many ways. I thought back to the times I saw cutters come out of the arena with a fist pump, and I don’t believe that any of them were doing it as a show of anything by “yes,I did this.”

  21. Patti Chiarelli on Mon, 29th Aug 2022 3:46 pm
  22. I have been thinking this about Corey Cushing. He consistently wins and wins BIG! Afterwards he doesn’t look sheepish or embarrassed because he has won again and so consistently, he CELEBRATES his victories and shares that joy with everyone. This is the right attitude and he has earned every single success.

  23. Nancy Caldwell on Mon, 29th Aug 2022 5:04 pm
  24. I loved this message. Everyone else said it very well. Of course Nic (or is it Nick?) was very cute. Please also introduce your darling black and white dog, who was behind Nic in the video.

  25. Cecilia Tolley on Tue, 30th Aug 2022 8:47 am
  26. Looks like Nic has just had a Masterson Method treatment and is still releasing his blocks.

  27. Cecilia Tolley on Tue, 30th Aug 2022 8:55 am
  28. Thanks Barb, this was a very timely and much needed message for me today!

  29. Dawn on Tue, 30th Aug 2022 1:30 pm
  30. THANK YOU!!! This came at a wonderful time. Over the weekend, Harley and I, were at a show and it was HOT! 5 classes in I started to get ill–maybe from the extreme heat, so I had to scratch the rest of the show. However, my showmanship class went very well I placed 4 out of 17. I am now feeling very grateful for that placing since we have been struggling in showmanship this season. Yes! We need to pat ourselves on the back for our successful moments.

  31. Claire Harris on Wed, 31st Aug 2022 7:47 pm
  32. Hi Barb! Thank You for your easy words of encouragement. You and Nic are so fun to watch together.

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