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Monday, November 14, 2011
As a young girl I always had a vision of myself riding a paint horse into the mountains alone with a dog by my side. I didn't have a horse but I wanted to be free and independent. In seventh grade I started working for a colt starter and he paid me by giving me a three year old paint gelding. I had him until I was 23 and he and I covered a lot of country together- out alone in the mountains just like my vision.
Visualization is a valuable tool in everyday life, and I have seen proof of it working in others life as well as my own. It's simple and effective. See things as you would like them to be. Place yourself inside the picture and see things through your eyes. Feel the feeling you want to feel when you have created what you want. Visualization helps you to practice for the future because when you get there, you will already feel comfortable and confident. A lot of professional athletes will visualize a perfect performance.
Every time I visualize something and think about it a lot and it comes true, my faith in the process grows. I just moved to Arizona for the winter to ride horses and help my boyfriend put on team roping jackpots. Lots of exciting things have been happening. I got offered an awesome apprenticeship with an NFR barrel racer, I walked into a restaurant today and picked up a waitressing job a few nights a week, and everything is just effortless and flowing.
Matt, my boyfriend, followed the principles of The Secret and it helped him clinch the Collegiate National Championship in team roping with his partner Cody a few years back. He just believed that they were going to win and he imagined it and visualized it. It didn't look like they were going to get it, then in a crazy series of events, they had the title.
When I was getting ready for Miss Rodeo Montana, I would visualize when I was doing my cardio workout. I would just run and feel the feelings of winning. I was super nervous about answering the impromptu question at the fashion show. I felt like extemporaneous speaking was my weakness and so I visualized a question I wanted to get and my perfect answer for it. I answered this one question perfectly over and over again.
The day of the fashion show came and I was standing up on the stage waiting for my turn to draw a question out of the bowl. I felt confident and felt like it was my time to win. I reached into the bowl and touched a piece of paper, but something in my head said to throw that one back and pick another one. I even laughed to myself because of how ridiculous it was that I had not liked the piece of paper and didn't even know what was on it. So I grab a new one, pull it out, and read it. I was blown away when it was THE QUESTION I HAD BEEN PRACTICING FOR MONTHS. Needless to say, I nailed the question without a bobble. As I was crowned Miss Rodeo Montana a few days later, I felt so excited and knew my visualization and preparation had worked.
Imagine the life you want to lead. Put out the good vibrations. Know that great things are coming your way. Believe that people are out there that you will magnetize into your life who will influence, inspire, and assist you. Know that you are a powerful part in creating your life the way you want it.