Who likes to learn the same lessons over and over again? Not me! It’s frustrating and annoying! I want learning that sticks!
We learn everything by doing it. You can listen to instructions about how to play golf or watch someone else create a painting, but the only way you ever know if you can do it is by doing it.
It’s something you must experience for yourself. And my bet is that you won’t get it right the first time. In fact, it’s going to take commitment, time and practice to master. You need some experience.
Experience is extremely valuable. It’s the most important section on a resume. It’s what companies pay big bucks for. The only way to truly understand something or someone is through experience.
An incredibly valuable and often overlooked ingredient of experience is exploring different solutions, thought patterns and ways of being. Some of these ways work better than others. Some fail completely. That’s good information to have. It creates learning that can be applied to other situations.
Working with horses gives you experience in mindfulness and presence that you can’t learn in a lecture or conference.
- It accelerates your growth by putting your information and assumptions to the test.
- It causes you to experiment with how firm or still or energetic or playful you need to be in order to strengthen the relationship and still get the desired result.
- It clearly demonstrates in real and practical terms how to BE the kind of person others want to follow.
So often we focus on just “getting things done.” We feel productive and valuable when we can check something off our “to do list.” However, what’s most meaningful in life is the people we love and lead, not things.
Make the commitment to them and to yourself to be more mindful and present. PRACTICE being who you need to be in order to your best YOU.