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Resolutions with Horses and with Myself

Published: 6/20/2012
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Editor's Note:
Nancy Lowery runs The Natural Leader. It integrates horse work into leadership and team transformation programs.

Here is the second of a three-part series.
Click for Part One

By Nancy Lowery

Are you a thought note person?
I certainly am. When I hear or read something that strikes me as interesting I am very likely to capture it in my notebook. The problem is, I often don’t review those notes till days or weeks later and the meaning of the words has all but disappeared.
Perhaps it is the cryptic way I capture the thought, but without the context or intention behind the words, I sometimes have no clue as to why I wrote the ideas down.

Our internal editor can cause us to skip the most basic of information, assuming we will fill those details in later. Unfortunately those details can be the basics that the idea is built on. Without those connectors our thought lies incomplete.

It should come as no surprise to me that I execute tasks in the same way.
Whether it is through my communication, the projects I undertake or how I interact with others when I leave out key pieces of information my expectation lies incomplete.
Actions that rang true for me with one of last years colts. Starting Gabriel last fall went really well. Typically I get a colt to a point and then let them mature over the winter months picking things up again in the spring.
This spring I discovered a small hole that became a gaping disaster when Gabe
turned his back end into the carraganna hedge. A branch must have tickled him up
under the flank turning my angel into a rank, bucking bronco putting forth an effort
that would have made any Stampede cowboy proud.
A branch must have tickled him up under the flank turning my angel into a rank, bucking bronco putting forth an effort that would have made any Stampede cowboy proud.

Fortunately for me, it was before I got on as it would have been an oversight I would not have been able to ride out.
We never want to put ourselves into a situation where we have to ride out an incomplete thought. The problem is we rarely know when it is about to happen.

It has now taken me twice as long to get Gabe back and riding to where we should have been this spring. It has however been time well spent and an invaluable lesson:
  • Never skip on the basics.
  • Never assume someone else really understands your expectation.
  • Remember to complete the thought.
When we turn our internal editor off it is so much easier to hear what you are saying, listen to the questions and watch for what others need. When we turn our internal editor off, it is much easier to hear what you are saying,
listen to the questions and watch for what others need.
These three simple steps help us anticipate when a blank needs to be filled.

If you view it as an opportunity to start over – you always have another chance to complete a thought and make a good first impression.


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