Clear The Land Before You Grow


The early European settlers in North America knew the first thing to be done to prosper was clear the land.


Trees, brush and rocks stood in the way of growing crops for survival. With simple tools, oxen and strong backs, they created the environment for their futures.

Back then, the priorities and the tasks to be done to ensure a livelihood were obvious.


The path to a profitable livelihood today isn't so obvious. It's camouflaged with distractions, assumptions and habits.


If you want your business to grow, have you taken the time to clear the land first?

I mean taking actions like these examples:

  • Set your goals for the next 12 months
  • Analyze what you do each day and how much time the activities take
  • Eliminate time wasters
  • Clean and organize your desk and work area
  • Purge the out of date files cluttering your file drawers
  • Upgrade your cell phone to a smart phone with internet access
  • Delegate tasks others can do to free up your time for goal oriented activity
  • Schedule time off to rest and recharge

Just like trees, brush and rocks were to early settlers, the obstacles to your business's growth need to be cleared before your business can grow.


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Barn Rules From Kindergarten

If your barn rules aren’t working very well, Robert Fulghum’s “All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten” suggests these:
Play fair
Don’t hit people
Put things back where you found them
Clean up your own mess
Don’t take things that aren’t yours
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody

Jibe Ho… Duck!

What’s  A Jibe Ho… Duck?

No, it’s not today’s special on the Chinese takeout menu.

 If you have been sailing, you might recognize Jibe Ho! as sailing jargon  warning  that the boom is about to cross from one side of the boat to the other with  strong  head knocking force and keeping your head low is good for your health. 

Sailors love jargon. It’s part of the tradition of the sport. And when around other sailors, the language of sailing is efficient for saying much in just a few words.  Jargon in any sport or industry is the vernacular that helps identify you as a member of the community.

And in the world of horses, there is no shortage of jargon and horseman’s parlance: warmbloods,  hacking, barn sour, martingales, reiners, leg yield and bar shoes.  Seasoned horsemen have no problem understanding your choice of words and terms, but for the inexperienced group who are entering the world of horses, your sentences may include words that might as well be Sanskrit for a newcomer to comprehend.

As you speak to the beginners, scan faces for signs of understanding.  Many people are too embarrassed to ask a question when they hear a word or phrase they don’t understand. When you use specialized terminology, rephrase it and say it again in basic terms.  Beginners feel awkward enough without having to feel intimidated by the foreign language of the horse world. 

When you take the time to translate, trust builds.