10/1/2012 11:09:12 AM Posted by SFrench

Persistence is a truly admirable trait and one that is essential if you are ever going to accomplish your goals or effect change. It can be so easy to get discouraged when you feel that your plans are going awry or when progress seems slow at best. It has been a huge adjustment for me to move from my previous role in which I could just make decisions relying on my instinct and knowledge. As long as I met my student quota, kept within my budget, had healthy and happy horses and students who learned and felt challenged, I was just left alone to guide the ship. I have since had to shift gears and embrace the committee decision making process which requires enormous time gathering data, discussing multiple factors and building consensus before choosing a course of action that may not be my personal preference.

There have been times when I just want to throw my hands up in despair, thinking that we are never going to actual reach a decision and move forward. However, collateral benefit of this process is becoming a better listener and developing greater patience. Still, being human, I can sometimes get quite frustrated with the process and that is when I remember this statement I heard years ago and it helps me regain my perspective.

"Never give up. For fifty years they said the horse was through. Now look at him – a status symbol!"


Comment by Bill Rube 10/2/2012 9:40:00 AM

Persistence is an interesting word. I was always told as a child I was "like water dripping on a rock" when I wanted something. Now I view persiatance as a way to over-ride resistance. In order to do this, I have to listen... plain and simple. That is very tough for me to do. You are absolutely correct when you point out the benefit of "becoming a better listener and practicing greater patience". There are so many different personalities we all deal with on a daily basis. I think that you are a "forward thinker" which allows you to look beyond the "now" and strategize for future success. Not everyone can relate to this, but I do... takes one to know one. LOL! At the end of the day as long as a person has the insight, and also recognizes that he or she can has the ability to change ~ what more can be said. Keep up the good work and we need to remember we are all human. I think it's great you have opened yourself up and allowed everyone to know you better and "what makes you tick". Bill Rube

Comment by Shelby French 10/2/2012 9:57:00 AM

Just so you know, it totally makes my day when someone leaves a comment on the blog. Often when I am writing these entries, I am wondering if they are having any impact or even if anyone is reading them. So I definitely practice persistence each and every time I write an entry. Thanks for the kind comments and my hope is that if members feel like they know me that they won't hesitate to call or email me if they have a questions, concern or problem with the Association.