I was bouncing around in the saddle, pulling helplessly on the reins in a bid to ease my horse to a halt.
For the briefest of seconds, I found myself flung forward out of the saddle and around her neck. I was on the verge of tipping out of my stirrups and tumbling to the ground—and then, suddenly, I was back in my seat and it was all over.
The moral of the story?
Always wear a helmet.
In fact, that’s the first thing my mum said when she saw this photo. (Whoops!)
Joking aside, my relationship with horses has always been complicated.
As a kid, I would write about horses, sketch horses, ride horses. But I had a few run-ins like this one that shook me up and made me unsure whether or not my relationship with them could continue.
I bet you have a similar relationship with your business…
Things seem to go well for a time, but then something happens that shakes you up and makes you wonder whether you’re even on the right path.
It’s at times like that when it’s so important to:
1. Re-assess your commitment to your life’s work—as I talk about on Hillary Schneider’s podcast, “Women Who Run With The Horses” this week.
2. Identify your saboteurs (your “gremlins”), and persuade them to take a back seat.
3. Return to your “anchors” (your mission, your purpose, your message, and your movement), and your true calling.
4. Remember that a little faith goes a long way…
Despite the name of the podcast—Hillary resides on a beautiful 80-acre retreat center in a valley north of Kamloops, British Columbia, with her herd of 21 wise equine teachers—we don’t actually talk about horses during our conversation.
What we DO talk about is:
– The BEST way for any of us to build trust with the people we most want to serve
– How to liberate ourselves from the restrictive beliefs that keep us feeling stuck
– What leading with empathy has to do with finding your message
– How to build the type of community that supports us as we grow
– The #1 thing we forget to do for ourselves as business owners
This was one of my most enjoyable interviews to date—mainly because we got to “swim in the deep end” for an entire hour (something that makes my introvert heart happy).
If you’ve been trying to find your way recently, and need some inspiration and a heaping dose of love and compassion, then this episode is for you.
I hope you’ll listen in, and share it with anyone you think might enjoy our conversation.
This whole entrepreneurship thing can be a wild ride, but here’s what I know for sure:
Together, we’ll figure out the best path forward—preferably with our protective gear firmly in place.
P.S. If you want to transform your vision for change into reality by showing up authentically, revolutionizing your messaging, humanizing your marketing, and creating a movement that maximizes the impact you make through your business, you don’t have to do it alone.
The next round of the Movement Makers Mastermind starts soon. Add your name to the waitlist to find out more!