Peace of Mind Dressage — Guiding dressage journeys

Come on Spring!

by Jaclyn Sicoli

Peace of Mind Dressage Owner and President

Sat Mar 08, 2014

Thoughts on adversity and motivation.

So many things to be thankful for and even after a rollercoaster week I can say, "bring it on". Thank you to my supportive family, wonderful clients, amazing working student, and each one of our very special horses. And the dogs, don't forget my faithful guardians.
I recently read a story about a woman who was asked by her father every day at the dinner table, "what did you fail at today?". She gained the confidence to constantly push her own limits. Though we often only hear about the success story, every success came from failure. For every book published there were many rejects, for every race won there were many lost, for every scientific discovery there were many, many inconclusive results and faulty theories. The stories that give us goose bumps are the against all odds stories. Whether it's because we are American but, more likely because we are human, we love to learn of someone overcoming adversity. Who is to say that person isn't you? Today and as your next challenge trots down centerline, don't hide behind what you know you can do well. Push your limits and even though you might fail, you are guaranteed to learn something. Hoo rah!
We are 4-6 weeks away from our first show. For many of us, the approaching season brings a mix of feelings. Anticipation and fear are as natural as excitement and hope...adrenaline is our friend. The adventure of showing and sharing new experiences with your horse is part of the journey, it's personal. Taking on challenges leads to growth and learning. Yet we can all expect to find success and failure on the journey. While each one of us may have different goals heading into the 2014 show season, remember that we all share similar hopes and dreams. Remember that we are a team! It was great to share dinner on Saturday with many of you, I am looking forward to sharing many more group gatherings this season on the side of trailers, parked at shows. Cus it's not really the same as tail-gaiting. Is it? ; )

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