The one gift our Creator has given us that has the power to control the quality of our lives. And while we can’t choose what happens to us or around us, we can choose our response. Choices control our lives; conditions don’t.
My path toward the realization that every single thing in life boils down to a choice arrived via numerous teaching moments with my most trusted learning partners - my horses. Deciphering each experience into applicable life lessons and client-worthy material was aided by a horse trainer who embraces the power of choice.
One particular experience profoundly impacted the quality of the partnership I’m seeking with one of my horses. It also taught me how to alter outcomes with humans. The overarching result: I learned to do hard things. And, it was my willingness to be vulnerable, confident + open to risk that made possibilities reality.
Facilitating horse-guided coaching sessions for clients is always a privilege. I get to share space with the majestic creatures God places in my life to grow, strengthen + empower other humans. As a fresh air geek, I get my fill of Mother Nature and, most importantly, I observe the transformation of people as they acclimate to the serene, quiet + safe rural landscape removed from their day-to-day labels + existence.
Working on my family’s cattle operation for nearly six years where horses, rather than 4-wheelers, are the partners of choice when gathering and moving cattle from one pasture to another allowed me to develop numerous skills. Among them, an appreciation for the trainability of cattle and the skills required to form partnerships with horses. It was a slow process that required me to overcome tremendous fear and changed my life.
Just as there are various approaches to leading humans, the same goes for horses.
Every time I partner with my horses to coach humans, I’m amazed at the humans’ profound discoveries. Katie’s story is particularly interesting because initially she was uncomfortable with horses and was simply doing Danny a favor by attending. She was courageous enough to lean into the discomfort.
Her insights are reflected here:
Guest blog by Danny Beyer, connector, speaker and author of The Ties that Bind: Networking with Style.
Through Equine Guided Education (EGE) certification, I facilitate this learning for others who recognize the value of all communications facets.