Strength Training Like No Other

I’ve been working on a Ted-style talk for a very special event, The Journey On Podcast Summit.

My talk is about four characteristics of extraordinary people. I’m very excited, especially the closer it gets.

I’ve been sharing – and I will continue to give you a glimpse into one attribute I chose per week.

Last week I spoke about the role of passion and purpose in being extraordinary. This week, I’ll discuss the character trait of resilience.

That’s what this video is all about.


I remember multiple times in my career as a professional cutting horse trainer when I was so disappointed due to unforeseen circumstances. I would miss the finals by a half point, or my horse was sore – something!!!

I would wail inside and ask God why He had to make it so painful. It seemed like showing horses was like agony or ecstasy. And was that really necessary? Ha!

And as I think about it now, life itself has lots of moments, both big and small, during which it feels like the rug has been pulled out from under us.

Sometimes it’s major, like the passing of a family member, or an animal – or an illness. And sometimes, it feels more minor, like losing a cow or going off pattern, and typically those moments fade away relatively easily.

When I was first training at the Human Performance Institute, I can remember Dr. Loehr saying that it was a person’s ability to get back up, so to speak, after a disappointment and learn and re-enter the arena that was one of the best measures of how quickly they would progress. The sooner one could let things go, the quicker one could get on with the program – and learn!

My second quality of four for those I admire as extraordinary people is the ability to keep getting back up after life deals them something never expected or understood.

As I think about the superheroes in my life, the ones who overcame obstacle after obstacle, never gave up, and just kept looking toward something great that was in store for them on the other side of the challenge – those people are the ones who so inspire me.

And none of us escapes that.

So as I ride today in gorgeous Moab, Utah, I will encourage anyone who makes a mistake to think, “no problem,” and then visualize what they want to do instead.

I believe there is always a beautiful gift in every small and large heartbreak. We can take a breath. Be still on the inside. Listen within. And as soon as we’re ready, look to the future for wisdom or a blessing because of it all.

So my first characteristic of extraordinary people is passion, and now my second is resilience (although that’s not exactly what I call them in my talk).

I hope you’ll tune in for all the talks and mine during this Livestream Event. Here’s the link to check it out, The Journey-On Podcast Summit.

I’ve been so enjoying your comments. Please let me know your thoughts about resilience. It truly is strength training like no other.

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5 Comments on Strength Training Like No Other

  1. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 23rd Oct 2022 10:56 pm
  2. Hi Barb, Absolutely Beautiful scenic Moab!! Thank you for that grand tour while you were speaking! You bet–resilience is to be admired greatly when someone must “rise from the ashes” and does just that with humility and grace to go on to continue to accomplish great things in their lives!!! Thank you for reminding us to “keep on keeping on” when difficult things happen and to see those obstacles/road blocks as learning and growing opportunities. 🙁 to 🙂 in time.

  3. Laura Yarbrough on Mon, 24th Oct 2022 5:18 am
  4. Resilience is: showing up for the next maneuver after a bobble, showing up for a friend when there are no words to say, and looking into my horses eyes after disappointment.

  5. Kathy McBride on Mon, 24th Oct 2022 10:42 am
  6. Hey Barb, It was great to be taken back to that wonderful setting and remember all the amazing women I met there back in April. Their stories of resilience inspire me often. I agree kindness is very important as we never know what others are going thru or have gone thru. Helping someone to find that resilience and take the time they need to heal. Looking forward to your Ted talk on the Journey on Summit.

  7. Linda B on Mon, 24th Oct 2022 2:28 pm
  8. Oh Barb-thank you so much for sharing Moab!! It is beautiful indeed!! Your connection with yourself, horses, nature, all of life and how you share openly is a true gift. One attribute that I love is integrity. When I find a person who possesses this it sure warms my heart. In the horse world competing can become a bit of a challenge with all the emotions going on. But being honest with yourself, your thoughts, and especially your horse is something I do ….I can walk away knowing I maintained my integrity, that makes me feel empowered. Just like one of your Just for today…the truth will set you free 🤗❤️🤗

  9. Deana Uhl on Tue, 25th Oct 2022 6:34 am
  10. Hi Barb. This is so timely. We have been focused on the SHTX World Show and working hard with Shannon and have seen so much improvement both with Chica and my horsemanship. We were ready to go and she has come down with an abscess so had to scratch yesterday. To your point that life is a journey and resilience is key, we should focus on all the accomplishments and growth and focus on the next step in our journey and maybe have a good cry at times. Thanks you for this series!

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