Saddle Up Anyway


Do one thing every day that scares you. Some days that might just be saddling up. When you get a fluttering, butterfly feeling in your gut as you pick up the phone to make a call to a potential client, saddle up, you are in the right place. As you sign up for that business conference that costs more than any educational training that you have ever attended, congratulations again for saddling up, you are heading in the right direction. When you make a commitment to better the relationships in your life and that involves telling someone close to you, your real feelings, saddle up and share your feelings.

Courage is being scared to death...and saddling up anyway.
— John Wayne

Things that are new and different are sometimes scary. Don't avoid the fear or the challenge, embrace it. As you start to embrace it more, saddling up will become easier. Opportunity has a way of disguising itself in a blanket of fear. As you approach a fearful or scary situation in your life, take a moment before you saddle up, and find courage in these important factors:

  1. You are good enough to succeed and you will succeed if you work your plan.
  2. You have value and are worthy of being honored for the work you do every day.
  3. You have a positive impact on those around you and what you do is important.
  4. The difference between success and failure is sometimes simply saddling up.
The difference between success and failure is sometimes simply saddling up.

As you saddle up daily, you will continue to grow and you will forge new habits.  Your life will stop being a series of tasks and to-do lists to complete.  Instead, life will be a continuing series of adventures. challenges and opportunities with amazing rewards. The benefits of saddling up in the face of fear are huge and include:

  1. Personal growth - get out of the old routines and ruts you are in.
  2. New opportunities - a greater chance for happiness, success and fulfillment.
  3. Momentum - action will help you develop personally and professional.
  4. Perspective - the view from the saddle will constantly change when moving forward.
Complacency, average and good enough will have a challenge keeping up with you when you get in the saddle and ride off into the sunset.

Avoid the temptation to do nothing at all. Doing nothing is safe, comfortable, easy and will get you absolutely nowhere. There are very few rewards when you do nothing. The enemy of nothing is saddling up. Complacency, average and good enough will have a challenge keeping up with you when you get in the saddle and ride off into the sunset.


Doug is available to present his "Better Relationships, Better Business" message to your organization. Please click the picture for more information about Doug's keynote speaking.

Doug is available to present his "Better Relationships, Better Business" message to your organization. Please click the picture for more information about Doug's keynote speaking.

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