Have you ever fallen off a horse before? How about three times in one hour?!
Two years ago when I was in a jumping lesson with a previous trainer, I fell off my horse three times in one hour. Let me tell you, by the third time, my confidence was completely gone and it took a while for it to come back.
In life, when we don’t feel good about ourselves, we can develop a lack of confidence and self-worth. We can feel like the whole world is on our shoulders and nothing will ever get better or resolve itself. When we fail or make mistakes, our whole mindset can revolve around those mistakes or regrets and then that makes us feel powerless. Feeling powerless can make us feel vulnerable or useless.
As horseback riders living the equestrian lifestyle, there are many different ways to accomplish various skills and methods. We are faced with decisions and responsibilities, and honestly, sometimes that can be stressful. Possibly you are struggling to accomplish something with your horse and it feels like it is taking forever for them to learn. Maybe you can’t seem to get something right and no matter what you do, it ends up wrong again. You are not alone. Trust me, I have been there. A lack of confidence can quickly grow into an attitude of giving up. When we make mistakes or fail, we give up. That is not how we are supposed to do it!
The message I want to leave with you today is this…we can’t let our mistakes shape our character and who we are as a person. As horse riders, we will make mistakes. It is said that a rider will fall off a minimum of 20 times before becoming a true horse rider. However, we need to learn to get over our mistakes and to try and try again. We need to develop strength, determination, and self-assurance. Let me tell you, that is what is going to shape your character. It is not the mistakes or our adversity that shapes us, but how we choose to handle them. Our lives are going to be full of successes and triumphs if we choose to push through any mistakes we make along the way. No matter what happens, just remember, “To pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on the horse again.”
Be confident today!