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The Profitable Horseman's Newsletter Helping Horsemen with Solutions, Growth and Change in Business
March 30, 2006

Tired of trying to make money in the horse business the old way? I help professional horsemen find new and better methods to add to the profitability of their businesses.

in this issue
  • Announcing New Boarding Profit Calculator and Teleclass
  • Something Has to Give
  • Others have said
  • Back at the Barn
  • More Profit in Less Time
  • Getting to the Point

  • Something Has to Give
    simplify and focus

    Springís arrival is always a welcome reunion for professional horsemen. Good weather, dry paddocks and green pastures for horses are a horsemanís delight.

    Opportunities for the spring, summer and fall seasons abound and energy is high and spontaneous to wrestle all challenges.

    Then after time, the project list begins to grow faster than the weeds on the manure pile. Repair and build fences, clean out hay mows, tune up equipment, and get fat and sassy horses back into riding and show condition. More riding lessons to schedule in too few hours, horses to train for show dates close by and yearlings and two year olds stacked up for starting and training.

    Compounding the time crunch are family demands like baseball practice and games, dance recitals and senior proms. The feeling of overwhelm builds up within the professional horseman like a building volcano.

    Eventually, something has to give in to the mounting pressure. Erupting in a volcano like fashion does work, but leaves a lava laden mess around for your clients, employees, friends and family to step through cautiously.

    Another solution is to simplify and focus.

    I know that word, simplify, looks good on paper. Making life simple is a challenging task when horses demand attention every day of the week, clients would like to demand your attention every day of the week and family members deserve attention every day of the week. But the alternative, complicated overwhelm, will never work for business owners.

    The first step toward getting control to simplify is to become incredibly selfish. On the surface, the suggestion to become incredibly selfish sounds childish and self-centered. But think about it; until you get control of your problems, become balanced and the happy person you want to be, what good are you doing for your: horses, clients, employees or family members?

    Thomas Leonard developed the 28 principles of attraction a few years back. They are principles of attracting the things you want into your life. Becoming incredibly selfish is the first of the 28 principles.

    Here are some key points about the subject

    1. Know what you want and say so - people are more relaxed and drawn to you when you are secure about who you are.
    2. Removing things you donít want to do from your life opens up time to complete the things you do want to do.
    3. Saying No to others requires practice, but gets easier each time.
    4. Even if at first it may seem unlikely, others will pick up the slack to do the things you choose to stop doing.
    5. If you have special talents like teaching, training or judging horses, you owe it to yourself and others to create the time to nourish and use your skills.

    Viewed a different way, being selfish with your time benefits others just as much as it benefits you. If your business and personal life is approaching overload, its okay to be selfish and find other ways to get the work done. By simplifying your life, you will create the time to focus on your business and do more of the things that you are talented and gifted at doing.

    This week, and in the future, you have permission to say NO.


    Others have said

    "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler." -- Albert Einstein

    "The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face value of the gift, that's weighed." -- Seneca

    "You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." -- Mark Twain


    Back at the Barn
    back at barn

    Locally, we have been enjoying beautiful spring weather. Itís a simple treat to be outside riding instead of confined inside to the boundaries of an indoor arena. I know the horses like it as much as I do. You can tell by their smiles.

    Life is short.

    Ride hard.

    Doug


    More Profit in Less Time
    Deewochagall

    I show Professional Horsemen how to use 8 key strategies to build a business that creates more profit in less time. Call me and we can talk about how your business can benefit.

    If you know other horsemen who would enjoy this newsletter, please forward it to them! I am on a quest to tell 1000 people what I do and I need your help.

    The purpose of this publication is to help professional horsemen also be Profitable Horsemen.


    Getting to the Point
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    Announcing New Boarding Profit Calculator and Teleclass
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    I don't know about you, but I don't have enough time to get everything done in a day. Whenever I can find a shortcut, I take it.

    Time is money and your time is valuable. That's why I developed an easy to use Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet to help professional horseman understand what their true profit is on the horse boarding enterprise of their business.

    Click here to learn more about this new program to make your "figurin" a snap.

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