Ask yourself this – what’s your default response like when faced with a challenge?
When it comes to problem solving (in any area of life), I’ve personally found changing my perspective to be highly effective.
Take my verrry laid back gelding, Pistol, for example…
On one hand, I appreciate his easy going tendencies. He’s confident, comfortable and content in nearly all situations, and I can haul all over the country without him becoming overly stressed, losing weight, etc. He handles the pressure of speed event competition like a champ.
Of course, I’d like to take a little credit for him being so solid, however I have to admit it has a lot to do with how he’s wired by nature.
It’s probably accurate to say that the majority of barrel racers don’t have a problem with “lazy” horses, but yet perhaps you’ve had moments when you’ve needed more electric energy and quickness from your horse.
There’s no doubt having a burst of energy available in the split second you need it most can dramatically affect your success!
It actually took me quite a while to effectively and authentically motivate Pistol.
You see, he’s not really “lazy.”
He was just unmotivated, in large part because I wasn’t very interesting.
How’s that for a change in perspective?