By Shawn M. Carlin
“If you want to know the secrets of the Universe, you have to think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” -Nikola Tesla
As a former college athlete, it goes without saying that I enjoy sports. More broadly speaking, I enjoy games. What has always drawn me to sports and games in general is the fact that nearly every game has a specific set of rules, instructions or guidelines to follow in order to be successful. The more you comprehend the rules, the more effectively you can apply the rules to your favor, the more success you will find in the game.
If you want to be good at the game of checkers, you need to understand the rules and apply them effectively. Although a simple game, there are rules and strategy that can be applied to improve your probability of success.
I have spent the last 20 years of my life studying human potential and have come to an understanding that there are rules...
Written by Shawn Carlin, Horse Empowered
Some of my most favorite times are times spent with my horse. Don't get me wrong, I love my time with my wife, my children, my family, my dogs, but there is something special about the moments I have had when it's just me and my horse. Why you ask? It is in these moments when I have been most connected to the truth.
Being "authentic" has become a buzz word in today's society. It is "en vogue" for sure. You can't go to a yoga class, read a book on personal development, go to a leadership seminar or even many horsemanship workshops, without hearing the word authentic. The reality, or maybe the irony of this is that being "authentic" or "real" has never been a more challenging thing to do in our society. Our reality has never been more fabricated or packaged than it is today. Never, have we been in a time where projecting the best version of ourselves to millions through social...
Written by Shawn Carlin
Here at Horse Empowered, I speak a lot about the connection between horsemanship and leadership. The recognition of the connectedness between these two ideas is what truly hooked me forever into the equine world. I didn’t grow up with horses and I have spent my entire working career in the corporate world. In my mid-twenties, I had hit rock bottom in my life. But thankfully, I found horses. Fate intervened and introduced me to an owner of a small ranch in Colorado. It was his first lesson with me, that changed the course of my life and connected me with my calling to help people rediscover the best, most authentic version of themselves.
Rather than immediately jump in the saddle and take a mindless, head-to-tail trail ride, instead I discovered the horse’s ability to teach me how to be a better person, a better leader. Importantly, the horse showed me a way to heal and...
"Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming oppositions- such as lifting weights- we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity." - Steven Covey
At the root of human behavior lies what is called the “pain and pleasure principle. Many, if not all our choices are guided by the decision to either avoid pain or gain pleasure. Jim Rohn, one of my favorite mentors on personal development had an interesting way of looking at the pain and pleasure paradigm. Jim felt that we all must experience pain on some level. He asserted that in any situation, we have a choice. He said, "We can choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The pain of discipline weighs ounces, the pain of regret weighs a ton.”
For example, if you are trying to lose weight you can choose the pain of discipline for yourself and make decisions like eating healthy foods and committing to working out consistently. ...
What is more important to have when partnering with your horse, horse smarts or horse sense? Put another way, is it more important to have intelligence or trust? Perhaps both?
A "human" study was conducted by Amy Cuddy, psychologist at the Harvard Business School, on the topic of first impressions. She found that in human interactions, upon first impressions, people answer two primary questions:
* Can I trust this person?
* Can I respect this person's capabilities?
Cuddy found that 80% to 90% of the first impression is based on these two important traits. Interestingly, the research shows that trust is the most important factor. All too often, it seems there is a premium placed on the importance of competence, IQ or intelligence. Cuddy's research shows that in order for competence to matter, people must have a level of trust. In addition, if there is no trust, competence actually works against you.
What does this have to do...
“The best moments are when you are alone with a horse, because that is where truth abides.”
- Allan J. Hamilton, Lead With Your Heart
I often speak to the correlation between horsemanship and leadership. The inspiration for the Horse Empowered™ Programs was rooted in the discovery of what challenged me in my career and in my life were the same things that challenged me in my relationship with my horse. Leadership is influence, in its simplest definition. Leadership and horsemanship are elegantly aligned because both require an awareness of how we influence the outcomes we desire.
At the core of effective leadership and horsemanship is the concept of Trust. Trust is foundational to the success of any relationship, including your horse. When trust is high, relationships of all kinds can be fluid, built and sustained. When trust is low, communication breaks down and relationships can be destroyed quickly. In Stephen M.R....
I recently attended a church service with my family at our community church. We began a new series called #trending which tackles modern and often difficult and divisive issues such as politics, social media, immigration and race. The discussions attempt to provide perspective on how these issues are viewed within the Bible and how we can apply the understanding of our faith to these challenging issues.
The topic today was about politics, a most divisive topic in our culture today and a difficult topic to tackle in front of a few hundred people in the audience who most certainly have different personal views on politics. Rather than try and “convince” those in the audience which side is correct, the pastor began with what everyone in the audience felt was common ground, as Christians. In any negotiation, finding the common ground is a critical place to start.
Here are the 4 “Universal Points of Agreement” the pastor...
Confidence is not the absence of fear; it’s a transformational relationship with fear. Fear is nothing to be ashamed of, especially when working with horses. Working with horses can be dangerous and fear should be treated with a healthy dose of respect.
Unfortunately, in our society today, fear is often looked upon as a sign of weakness or inferiority. Think about your own childhood for a minute, how were your fears and anxieties handled by the adults in your life? If your childhood was like mine,
I recall responses like, “don’t be foolish, there is nothing to be afraid of.”
Or, “you are acting ridiculous", "grow up," "act your age” or "it's all in your head, get over it."
Intentionally or not, for generations we have turned fear into something to be ashamed of or at a minimum, something to dismiss or suppress. Fear comes in many different varieties such as anxiety, self-doubt, stress or tension. They are...
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