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Equine-Guided Coaching pioneer, Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi, said it best:

Career identity, the big house and fancy car are no longer creating the sense of satisfaction and feeling of ‘living a good life’ that we once hoped it would. Instead, individuals all over the world are asking the deeper question, ‘What do I really care about and what contribution can I make to create a more sustainable world?’
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I had my own profound discovery.

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I had my own profound discovery.

 

And when it erupted from within me, I didn’t know how to label it, define it or capture its impact on my soul.

In fact, the only thing I knew was there was an insatiable force attempting to claw its way out. Because I didn’t know what I didn’t know, I repeatedly buried that force. I continued doing more - busying myself - to reinforce the identity my mind, not my heart, told me was valuable. Ironically, the identity I was pursuing wasn’t authentic. It took releasing myself from the perpetually empty “perfect mother” syndrome + putting my consulting business on the back burner - by way of cattle ranching for nearly six years - for me to begin peeling away the inauthentic layers. Learning who I am + what I stand for on the way to discovering my higher purpose was simultaneously exhilarating + terrifying. Seemingly ironic, but not really, there were two constants in my life that ebbed + flowed with me to varying degrees based on my willingness to listen: God + horses.

The very learning partners God put into my space also produced paralyzing fear.

I was a horse-crazed little girl; plastic versions lined my bedroom shelves. Real ones were kept on my family’s farm and were the sole reason I enjoyed venturing out to rural space. That which I was most obsessed with was what also produced paralyzing fear. The idea of being horseback consumed me. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that ideas don’t translate into reality without a lot of faith, courage, grit + guidance from our Creator and the horses. The fact was, I nearly hyperventilated any time my horse wanted to speed up beyond a trot (a gait just above a walk) in wide open spaces.

It’s any wonder my authentic self showed up beneath countless layers of a tightly-wound, control freak perfectionism in remote southern Iowa pastures. It was in fresh air + wide open space that God began restoring my soul - away from the societal scripts that relentlessly tells humans we’re not enough unless we have a host of material things illustrating our worth. For nearly six years, my closest companions were God, nature, cattle + whatever horse I was riding. Like anything else that shows up in life, there’s always a purpose. Whether we’re impacted or not depends on one thing: the power of choice.  

It’s the one thing 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.

When I’ve been open to receiving horses’ guidance, they’ve shown up in a variety of capacities, teaching me something different each time. They’re a compelling example of what it means to live from the heart; quite a contrast from how a majority of humans choose to live.

 
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HERE'S A COLLECTION OF THINGS I'VE DISCOVERED OR READ ABOUT THAT ILLUSTRATE WHAT HORSES TEACH HUMANS:

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HERE'S A COLLECTION OF THINGS I'VE DISCOVERED OR READ ABOUT THAT ILLUSTRATE WHAT HORSES TEACH HUMANS:

 

Because they are preyed upon in nature, horses are sensitive, mindful creatures that have maintained a highly developed ability to respond to their environment.

 

As herd animals, horses are masterful relationship coaches. They see themselves in a context of “we” vs. a context of “I”, unlike most humans. They live their lives without judgment and in the moment.

 

My self-centeredness and materialism arose from my fundamental nature as a predator. Horses showed me I was driven to conquer the world because I was afraid to trust it. (Allan J. Hamilton, M.D. in Lead With Your Heart: Lessons from a Life With Horses)

Once a human gains a horse’s trust, there’s an authentic connection created. They believe in us + look to us for leadership.

 

When humans choose to lead horses, they discover what it means to live authentically + to be liberated from fear.

 

From horses, humans learn to clearly communicate intentions and learn what it means to live in alignment.

 

Alignment is a way of being where humans’ thoughts, words + actions reflect their inner values.

 
 
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Our first instinct is to try to possess it and tame it, not to truly, simply dwell in it. We want to be “out there” rather than “in here”.  We see the challenge and the struggle as existing outside ourselves rather than within. (Allan J. Hamilton, M.D. in Lead With Your Heart: Lessons from a Life With Horses)

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Our first instinct is to try to possess it and tame it, not to truly, simply dwell in it. We want to be “out there” rather than “in here”.  We see the challenge and the struggle as existing outside ourselves rather than within. (Allan J. Hamilton, M.D. in Lead With Your Heart: Lessons from a Life With Horses)

 

Stop reading for a moment. Blink your eyes.

That’s the amount of time it takes for horses to sense what humans 'bring' with them. 'Bring' with them on the inside, in their soul - not the material items humans put value in to communicate status, success or worth. None of those items matter to horses. What matters is what’s inside.

Are you ready to ‘show up’ on the road less traveled + ‘step in’ to your self-awareness? Are you interested in making discoveries to transition you from surviving to thriving? Are you willing to dig deep to find that ‘being’ that’s buried by all the ‘doing’?

Here’s what coaching clients have to say:

Equine-guided coaching for groups

Within an hour of our six-member strategy team doing a half-day Emotional Intelligence workshop with fullCIRCLE, I shifted our all-organization retreat for 22 people to the same location. Fully immersing ourselves in learning with the horses taught us how to cultivate mindfulness about how we 'show up'. We learned how relationship dynamics are impacted when we make the choice to self-regulate emotions. Being outside in quiet, rural space shifted our perspective. I'm grateful for learning how to more authentically connect with one another. Kristi Knous, CAP®, MPA, President, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

In 2017, the staff and residents at Dorothy's House committed to working with fullCIRCLE on a monthly basis as part of our restoration journey. During that time, the women were coached to develop confidence, presence, boundaries and an awareness of others in our circle. They also showed up to care for the animals and help do chores to support the facility. By caring for others, they learned how to care for themselves. Kim's guidance and command over the circumstances presented by the horses results in compassion, love, discovery and fun as we grow more aware of what we bring into other's space. It has become something that staff and residents look forward to! Kellie Markey, Founder/Executive Director, Dorothy’s House

Equine-guided coaching for individuals

I was inspired by a podcast to Google "Equine-guided coaching". My curiosity about how horses facilitate learning in people led me to Kim Waltman of fullCIRCLE creative + coaching. She's the only certified coach in Iowa offering individuals and groups the chance to engage in transformational growth by partnering with horses. My discoveries were so impactful, I co-created a women's event featuring horse-guided coaching and an experience to encourage awareness of the unconscious biases we're influenced by. Dawn Hafner, CPA, MBA, RTT Practitioner, Author of The Mapmaker

Kim is one of the most influential women I’ve met in my life. Her grace, transparency and advice is unparalleled. Spending time with her and the horses is life changing and brings about personal shifts. She is refreshing and challenging in the most loving way. Vanessa McNeal, MSW, national speaker and film producer

I've always been drawn to animals and known they have something special to teach us. In June, I had the privilege of being introduced to horse-guided coaching by Kim Waltman who took that understanding to a new level. Horses, like people, need us to show up with the right energy, intentions, confidence, respect, trust and willingness to collaborate. Thank you to my new equine buddy, Keno, for choosing me as his student (and all of the two- and four-legged teachers) for a powerful morning of learning, conversation and change-of-pace. Amy Jennings

I’m surprised at how fearless I felt. It enhanced my courage to step into new things and into a new way of being. I discovered I don’t have to know it all to ‘step in’. Kathy Koenig, M.S.

Leadership is rooted in trust. It's a big reason why being a leader is difficult. Working with Kim helps draw out that trust -- trust in others, trust in nature, and most importantly, trust in yourself. That's not to say it's easy. She and her horses will challenge you. There may even be times you second guess what's inside. Stick it out through the end, though, and you will discover how to wrangle, and bring to the front, the best parts of yourself. Kelly Moore, Owner, Kelly Moore’s PR Collective

The horses base their actions on my attitudes, even ones I don't recognize. They are a proxy for peoples' reactions to me, but much easier to understand and see … leadership lessons the way horses tell them. I plan to repeat this experience regularly to remember how I impact those around me. John Paulson, Data Architecture Manager

Human-guided coaching for leadership teams + individuals

A few years ago, DCI Group’s executive team began holding work sessions with Kim. Her ability to guide us in thinking differently helped me to quickly realize that our staff could also benefit immensely from spending time with Kim. Several individuals within DCI are being coached to identify and grow soft skills to complement their technical knowledge. Although such skills are often undervalued, I've witnessed the tremendous impact that occurs when we invest in growing people and trusting them to do the job they're here to do. I highly recommend utilizing Kim’s unique structure in her coaching sessions. Her process helps the DCI team realize how to get to the next level. Kevin Kain, president, DCI Group

 
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COACHING - WITH OR WITHOUT HORSES - POSITIVELY
IMPACTS HUMANS' LIVES + CAREERS. ENGAGE WITH fullcircle to learn:

 

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fullcircle's 3-Step process to do hard things

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fullcircle's 3-Step process to do hard things

 

Growth is hard. Dismantling old habits + forming new ones requires grace, peace, grit + humor with ourselves + others. Any journey begins within us.

This simple, 3-step process to do hard things is the result of God’s unwavering presence in my life + years on a relentless pursuit of reclaiming what I lost in the darkness of living inauthentically. The words of Chris Stapleton’s song Broken Halos illustrates it well: “Seen my share of broken halos. Folded wings that used to fly. They've all gone wherever they go. Broken halos that used to shine.”

By the grace of God, I’ve come to understand that humans aren’t meant to go looking for the reasons why; we’re not meant to know the answers. Instead, we’re meant to go within and figure out how to restore our spirits so we can impact greater humanity - work that can only be done after we first address our inner landscape.

I’m here to walk beside growth-minded, faithful + highly motivated humans committed to restoring their spirits so they can thrive, not merely survive, in their personal + professional lives.

Step 1: Show Up

Consider: “The first principal is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”  Richard Feynman, American physicist and Nobel Laureate

Then, make the choice to ‘show up’ - to take one step toward personal + professional growth. To ‘show up’ is the willingness to check our emotions, be vulnerable, confident + exposed while doing what we know is right, regardless of the outcome. All you need to do to ‘show up’ is schedule a free, 30-minute phone consultation. Call 515.229.0429 or get in touch through the Contact page.

Step 2: Step In

Ponder:
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but your estimate of it, and this you have the power to revoke any moment.” Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antonius

To ‘step in’ is to put ourselves in a place that may result in discomfort. It’s typically the mere thought of what we think could happen that cripples our decision-making ability. By ‘stepping in’ and facing our fears, we simultaneously release what’s paralyzing us and create an opportunity for growth.

Step 3: Commit

Contemplate:
“Change has considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging beacuse things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.” King Whitney, Jr. Businessman

To ‘commit’ is to pledge to a certain way of being. It obligates you to carry out a course of action. Choosing to commit is powerful because it influences how you think, sound + act. It’s a script for how to handle hard things. Doing hard things leads to growth. And growth is something we have the power to choose again and again. When we embrace growth + improvement, we learn what it means to have the grit needed to push our limits, strengthen beneficial neural connections and create entirely new ones.

I’m honored to have walked beside individuals and groups courageous enough to change + wise enough to realize there’s only one being they can impact - themselves.

 
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"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."
Hellen Keller, American author who was blind, deaf and mute

 

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