I always remind people that one of the tenants of natural horsemanship is "principles before goals." I learned this from Pat Parelli long ago and truly believe it. All too often, I see horse people putting their goals before their principles and sacrifice their horse in some way to achieve them. It is a sad state of affairs and another example of human greed and ignorance. Repeat after me and
1. A fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.
2. A rule or belief governing one's personal behavior.
This morning, a few Parelli friends posted this on their Facebook walls and I wanted to share with you all. Thanks everyone!
"Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it's who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment." ~Anthony Robbins