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CHIN UP, EYES FORWARD!
by Sharon Camarillo

Every time we turn on the news or listen to the radio, we are reminded our nation is facing some of the most serious challenges in its history.

President Obama said in one of his campaign speeches “that the strength of America is not shown in good times, but character brought forth in times of tribulation.”

Rene Rapin wrote, ”Our strength often increases in proportion to the obstacles which are imposed upon it,” and a Chinese proverb reminds us, “The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials."

There is very little difference in life and competition. A competitor in any discipline needs to be strong minded and focused toward the task at hand. A competitor needs to be goal-oriented in order to make decisions that will lead him on the path to success.

A true competitor knows when to press forward with purpose and when to withdraw and regroup with patience. What are your doing in these difficult times to strengthen yourself from within and guard against letting the real difficulties you may face rob you of your dream? It may be time to practice the "patience" part of success; time to withdraw and regroup.

I am using these challenging times to reevaluate what is important in my life, taking time to focus on making these areas stronger and healthier. Again I say, I am optimistic that the challenges we each face today, have the potential to leave us stronger and more self-confident, and more passionate toward the things in life that REALLY matter.

Take the sport of barrel racing for example. Obviously a passion in our lives that not only comes with a horse and all its responsibilities, but also a lifestyle. A
lifestyle built on hard work and honest sweat, decisions based on conservative values. No need to pay the high cost of a gym membership when calories can be burned cleaning stalls and lifting hay bales and sacks of feed!

Isn’t it time to make the most of your competition dollars? This year may be the year that your save some entry fee money and go to that clinic or seminar you’ve been putting off because there was another barrel race to go to, even if you haven’t been placing or your horse has not been clocking.

Take the time to watch an educational DVD or read that “how to” book that has the potential of outlining your necessary steps to success. Again, I am optimistic that this year is the time to reassess your goals, focus on priorities and take care of business.

I am off to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for the month of March. When I return, it will be calving season and the trees will be budding and blossoming. I am optimistic that we will forge forward surviving the challenges, if not wealthier, at least wiser.

As those of you who have attended one of my clinics have heard me say, "chin up, eyes forward!"

 

 

The strength of America is not shown in good times, but character brought forth in times of tribulation.

—President Barack Obama

 

Our strength often increases in proportion to the obstacles which are imposed upon it.

—Rene Rapin