8 RULES TO ROCKING YOUR PERSONAL RODEO
This article first appeared in Equestrian Times Magazine.
Some days we feel as if we’re experiencing our own personal rodeo, from one task to the next, life can be quite grueling. Finding balance as a dedicated rider, or possibly just finding balance in general may prove to be a struggle for some. Dedicating my work to expand beyond my kitchen doors is quite easy, but controlling the reigns lies in the difficulty that is; defining my industry to be one that recognizes food as one of the key elements to good health, while finding balance between it all. Here’s our top suggestions for controlling the reins of your own health, and why rocking your own personal rodeo may not be that hard after all.
RULE NO. 1:
BE IN A COMMITTED RELATIONSHIP (WITH YOUR HEALTH)
The harsh reality that there are only 24 hours in a day for a busy individual is the downfall to anyone struggling to fit everything in. One thing we recommend as our number one rule, is to be fully committed to what your goals are. Let it be a fire under you, an obsession, and the burning desire that drives you forward. Staying focused on the task at hand almost always proves to create a faster or more complete end result.
RULE NO. 2: PLAN AHEAD
The key to success never falls short without a proper plan. The saying goes “fail to plan and plan to fail.” This statement could not be more accurate. Yes, winging it may be a familiar practice, but true accomplishments lies in the hands ofsolid plan. With the various apps that are available today, we really have no excuse to organize our thoughts and formulate something great.
RULE NO. 3:
CLEAR YOUR SPACE AND FREE YOUR MIND
A cluttered space results in a cluttered mind. Multiple scholarly publications have shown that stress levels drastically rise while clarity decreases when clutter surrounds them. If you think of clutter in the same way that you think of a chaotic day, we can measure how incredibly similar they both can be.
RULE NO. 4: FIND & EMBRACE A 'FRIENDTOR'
One of the key elements of reaching a goal is dependent on the team that supports you. It is said that any good leader knows they are only as good as their team. The same is true in regards to your success on any level whether that is a team of 2 or a team of 200. Being on a journey alone only sculpts the mind’s individual thoughts and ideas, however others are the ones to put these thoughts into actions. The support and motivation that is gained by working on a common goal helps to guide you, motivate you, and drive your stamina whether on the horse or off of it. Whether you are meeting a goal you have set forth for you and your horse, or a goal that extends beyond your training, taking a step to the next one is easier with someone to support you. Embrace one another’s thoughts. Let it mold you. Let it excite you. If you don't always believe in yourself, rest assured knowing that a good friendtor always will.
RULE NO. 5: ASK QUESTIONS, SEEK ANSWERS
If you’re anything like most individuals, there’s a struggle that takes place at some point in our lifetime in regards to our health, whether diminutive or life-changing. Severe or mild, health and wellbeing needs the honesty of dramatizing even the most minuscule issues at hand if that means finding a bigger answer. If you are an individual who is seeking answers this rule is for you! We often take our health for granted assuming that our bodies are functioning correctly without having any pre-conceived notion that they may be in fact, under attack. I have found that being a well-educated patient is a savor when it comes to finding answers to your questions. A doctor can only do so much, much like a ‘friendtor’ can only motivate you to a certain degree. It is up to the individual to piece together a portion of the puzzle to draw closer to an answer or a goal. Nutrition and Health awareness does not have to be a victim of ignorance. Simply put, educate yourself on the warning signs and the internal alarms that your body provides.
RULE NO. 6: GET TO KNOW WHAT'S GROWING
When rounding up these personal rodeo tasks, factor this one in as one of your top priorities. We cannot stress this enough. Get to know your gardener, your farmer, and the concept that fresh is best. Burry the boxed goods, and throw away your artificial sweeteners. Get as close to nature as possible when it comes to your food.
RULE NO. 7: BULK PREP
This rule pairs nicely with Rule No. 2. If your goal is anything related to eating a healthier diet, eating out less frequently, or simply eating more homemade meals; bulk prep is likely your saving grace. By focusing on one day each week to prepare specific ingredients, you will save significant time throughout a busy week. Some of our favorite things to bulk are listed below:
- Garbonzo beans
- Black Beans
- Brown Rice
- Fresh Greens
- Fresh Veggies (pre-cut)
- Homemade Granola
- Fresh Fruit (pre-cut)
- Nuts (pre-portioned for on-the-go)
RULE NO. 8: PUSH YOURSELF
Finally, we’re putting the most obvious rule at the very end which is to push yourself. If these rules seemed to be rather obvious, our goal has worked. This article served as a reminder to those working towards a goal to keep doing what you’re doing and to possibly incorporate some of our favorite reminder rules when mastering your own personal rodeo.
-THE COOKING COLLABORATIVE-