This guy tossed me about 3 weeks ago. Like on the ground after he decided that something somewhere was scary. He also tossed his owner 3 days later. (I shareboard him from a college student).
I have been working to get back on and ride again. I didn’t ride for about a week after mainly because I was so sore. I did get back on as soon as I could and I have been trotting him a little again, however it’s scary as hell!
You see horses can sense your energy. If you are tense they are tense, if you are relaxed they are relaxed. I have to verbally remind myself to relax when I am with him.
As leaders I think our team also feeds off of our energy. If we are upset or tense our team is going to be upset and tense as well. We might not even notice the changes in them or ourselves. So how we do adjust? How do we calm ourselves down to keep our team moving forward?
It starts with knowing yourself and acknowledging your feelings. Simply saying that you are having an off day helps! Next find the good!! Yea your boss might be on a tirade, your clients having fits over the fact that it is simply 9am and your best employee might have decided that this is the day they have a mental breakdown; BUT (stay with me here) you have a team, you have a job and YOU HAVE A PURPOSE!
I follow a barn in Wisconsin called Tuskey Dressage this is their verse for the month “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Submitting isn’t about being submissive to God it’s about trusting Him that He has a plan! You see God, no matter what God you believe in has your best interest at heart and you have been given a great gift!
There are days where that gift may seem like it’s out to get you (IE Being tossed from your horse) but that is never the case. No matter what is going on, there is good in it!
On days when you are struggling with the client who thinks that a 2 day process should take 10 minutes, be thankful that you have a job, the client and the team. Let your team know that it’s ok to be frustrated however you must find the positive in it as well!
Happy hunting and remember falling off hurts getting back on hurts more! (at least it does if you seriously bruised your back!!)