The Profitable Horseman's Newsletter The only weekly electronic newsletter published for Professional Horsemen.
February 15, 2007

Are you 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.
Welcome New Subscribers!

in this issue
  • Want to Transform Your Horse Business with More Profit and better balance between work, rest & play?
  • Balancing Work, Rest and Play
  • Others have said
  • Back at the Barn
  • Build the Horse Business You've Always Wanted
  • Speaking about the Horse Business...

  • Balancing Work, Rest and Play
    tightrope

    If you are in the horse business, you know all about work. There never seems to be an end to it either. Being ďall caught upĒ with your work is impossible.

    Being ďall caught upĒ in your work is probable. The nature of horses is to be ďonĒ twenty four hours a day. How many times have you wished for an off switch for both horses and customers? A factory owner gets to turn off the production machinery every night, a landscape contractor turns off the mowers and tractors at the end of the day, but the professional horseman has a barn full of living animals dependent on his diligence for survival.

    The question of whether being directly ďon callĒ is fair or not isnít worth thinking about. The responsibility is a given in the horse business.

    The question for you to think about and answer as a professional horseman is whether you are creating the opportunity in your busy life for rest and play. The work, work, work mantra of many business owners is a philosophy for a miserable life for the owner and everyone around him or her.

    Consider the balance of work, rest and play in your life for a moment and these suggestions:

    Rest

    • Set a regular bedtime each night and do your best to stick to it.
    • Rise each morning at the same time. Weekends too. Like our horses, our bodies thrive on routine and stress on chaos.
    • Replace your mattress if it doesn't provide the comfort you deserve.
    • Indulge in at least one break in the morning, in the afternoon, and stop to eat lunch.
    • Your mind and body will function better with defined breaks in your daily timeline to rejuvenate.

    Play

    • Schedule at least one day off a week, two days is better. Create time for yourself to be away from the farm and business doing non-horse activities. The movie theatre, the art museum or a live concert will do wonders for providing the opportunity to relax enjoyably.
    • Consider a fitness program to complement your busy daily life style. A fitness center or personal trainer can help you stretch and tone muscles and improve your cardio health in ways riding horses won't.
    • The mind and body stay fresh when they have the opportunity to experience new things. Yoga class, dance lessons, scuba lessons, classes in painting, instrument and voice instruction are all opportunities to do something just for you.
    • Plan a vacation away from the farm and your home. Even if it's just a weekend away from it, the opportunity to play and relax will provide measurable results in your renewed attitude and productivitiy. Try it, it works!

    Now, if you need permission to take a break, slow down or have some fun, You are hereby ordered to get work, rest and play in balance!


    Others have said

    "The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man." -- Euripides

    "Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paid the price to decide what is really important to them." -- Stephen Covey

    "We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining equilibrium in the face of any situation rests within ourselves." -- Francis J. Braceland


    Back at the Barn

    My subject this week in this section is about the bedroom. Donít let your mind race though, it's nothing more than pillow talk. Or, make that mattress talk.

    My wife and I had delayed getting a new mattress forever. Our balance of work, rest and play isnít always perfect, either, and mattress shopping was always low on the list of fun things to do.

    A new mattress finally made its way into our bedroom a few weeks ago and I just have to say WOW, my normal six and a half hours of sleep feels like eight. I donít know why we didnít choose to make a new mattress a priority sooner.

    If you are in need of a better nightís sleep, start with replacing your tired mattress. Itís hard to have a balanced life with a lop-sided mattress.


    Build the Horse Business You've Always Wanted
    Deewochagall

    I work with Professional Horsemen who are struggling with the business half of the horse business.

    Just like a top performing horse has a strong foundation, so does a top performing horse business.

    If you've had enough with disappointment in your horse business, call or e-mail and we can talk about your business and how I may be able to help you.

    A big Welcome to 17 new subscribers this week. If you know other horsemen who would enjoy this newsletter, please forward it to them! I'm on a quest to tell 1000 people what I do and I need your help. Thanks!

    Life is short,

    Ride hard.

    Doug


    Speaking about the Horse Business...
    megaphone man

    Need a speaker about the horse business for your horse related organization? Talk to me about talking. Keynotes and workshops available. (716) 434-5371


    Want to Transform Your Horse Business with More Profit and better balance between work, rest & play?
    istock classroom

    A one day Profitable Horseman workshop can come to your neighborhood! Put together a group of six or more workshop attendees and I'll travel to your location.

    We'll cover strategies for success in the horse business:

    • Creating a three year vision for your business
    • Building a plan for profitability and getting contol of the money
    • Planning the time to plan
    • Leadership within you business
    • Creating customer service
    • The art of selling
    • Marketing methodically
    • Balancing work, rest and play

    Sound like a good idea?

    Ideas only work when put into action.

    Call (716) 434-5371 or email here.

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