Heather disproves a myth about Horses

2008-11-25-heather-and-horses-007When I met Heather Patrick, she could not speak, limped with a brace on one leg, had use of only one arm, weighed about 80 pounds, and ate through a tube. She was past 40 years of age. Yet, she could do something many strong men cannot do–earn trust from big, strong animals to attract them to you.

She teaches us a common belief about horses is false. Many have heard the belief, “you have to show that horse who’s boss or he will run all over you” (or something similar that some people think gives them wisdom or permission to boss or bully animals). This almost defenseless woman was able to do what some strong men cannot do–offer a trusting spirit and attract animals to her in a way that showed they were taking extra care to be gentle with her.

Here’s a new belief for some: most animals are trustworthy and want to be with and please those they trust. If an animal is misbehaving, look in the mirror first–it may be time to improve your training and/or your trustworthiness. If a person is misbehaving with you, look in the mirror first instead of complain, punish, or reject–the answer may come from improving our leadership, our communications, our caring for what is important to them.

Watch how a person treats an animal and you will see how he will treat you when no one else is watching


More photos of Heather and Horses on Facebook

Plan and Act Differently if you want Different Results

Your written plan for life will help you assess how well you are fulfilling what you stated was important in previous moments of inspiration, such as writing a goal or outlining a resolution.

If you are not getting the results you envisioned, you may not be doing what you need to do as much as required to change your attitude, ability, and action so you have the capacity to “be, know, and do” (US Army) to produce desired results.

Sunday mornings provide for me a time of enhanced spirituality to think of inspired callings and actual results, then use the inspiration and insight into what needs to change to plan for the next week–aiming to live my priorities better closer to my best-self. You can pick a time daily or weekly to assess your performance focused on priorities.  This “look in the mirror” can inspire improvement as well as commitment to what’s working.  David

Positive Quotations to inspire you cited by Dr. David Dyson on Pinterest

More on Maslow’s Hierarchy and Motivation

Motivation – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – Dyson Hierarchy of 7 Motivating Values
Dyson Motivating Values Gold.
If you studied psychology, management, or leadership, you probably studied Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs published first in 1943. You may find the article by Nichol Bradford interesting. I like her video message as well.
Maslow’s work is a staple in teaching motivation. I had this content at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level courses. When I taught Principles of Management at Birmingham-Southern College, the text and additional research helped me dig deeper.
I love his model, which has five levels, though found ways to expand (seven levels) and improve on it, which is what inspired development of the Dyson Hierarchy of 7 Motivating Values. I stand on his shoulders though expand and provide a way for people to choose desired levels and plan for them. You can see the 7 Levels in the model provided.
In the workshop I teach, we dig deeper into the ascending values within each of the 7 Core Values so you can choose that motivates you–and those you want to motivate you. Then, you can list them in your plan and write a vision statement plus goal and action. This approach helps you implement the principles of motivation instead of just hear them. We can adapt this model for use with students as well so they learn and write to improve internalization instead of just hear.