The Peace & Power of a Positive Perspective


Cowboy secrets to success.

“Cowboy secrets to success:

  • Don’t let your head strap your hand to anything your butt can’t ride.
  • Never corner anything meaner than you.”

                                                                           Unknown Sage

If it’s January, and you’re in Denver (and it is, and I am), then it’s time for the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo!  Ah yes.  Crisp, January air; snow-covered mountains; and the rich, earthy aroma of the stock show.  Smells like money!  Now, I’m no cowboy; but I love being around horses; live stock; rodeos; and all things country. 

How fitting that as you and I are planning our year and getting off to a fast start, we pause to enjoy a world-class rodeo.  Ever been to one?  What’s your favorite part?  I like all of the events – bull riding; team penning; mutton busting (where parents mount their 6 year old children on farm animals and we call it “entertainment”).  But I especially like to watch the Westernaires perform.   Never seen them?  Check it out at   These teenagers are all about what’s right with our country and they really Ride with Pride!

No, I’m no cowboy, but I love all of the cowboy images that come to mind; tough yet polite; the original strong-silent types; their contribution to our American heritage; etc.  And horses are special too, like the American Mustangs.  Although I’m no cowboy, I have four mustangs living in my back yard.  Graduates, they are (along with my son Kevin) from Westernaires.   Yep, cowboys can definitely help us in 2011.  We can gain guidance from cowboy wisdom.  Simple things in some cases, like; “Don’t squat with your spurs on.”, or, “Never drink downstream from the herd.”  Cowboy wisdom can guide us through tougher issues too. 

Some of us city-types worry that 2011 will be a bad year (again).  I have several friends, family members, and business colleagues who lost their jobs in 2010.  I suppose it’s easy today to catch ourselves looking over our shoulder occasionally, yes?  And reading the daily headlines (or should I call them “hype-lines”), can actually contribute to our worry and fear.  Of course, if we stopped for a moment and compared our risks and troubles to what our ancestors faced in the times of the Old West, we might feel a little better.  I would think that a forced job change, a bad relationship, or even a foreclosure is a bit different from the life-threatening, Wyoming winters of the 1850’s.  (Wyoming winters are tough enough today!)

Nevertheless, I reckon for many of us the start of 2011 remains a mixture of enthusiasm and excited-anticipation at one end of the spectrum, coupled with fear-uncertainty-and doubt at the other.  So when worry and fear creeps back into my consciousness, it helps me to think of our great American cowboys and the wisdom they have passed on over the decades:  “Real courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”

Let’s saddle up for 2011 armed with the confidence that we have the skills, knowledge and experience to make it a successful year.  Oh, we might not be cowboys; and we might face difficulties from time-to-time; but certainly this can be a year that we have the reins in our control, yes?   This is a year to enjoy with our family, friends and colleagues, right pardner?    And when the trail gets tough, we’ll think the way a cowboy would think and ride right on through the rough spots.

Come on ya’ll – Cowboy Up!


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  1. Tim Trainum
    Jan 25, 2011

    Great blog. I am very much looking forward to 2011 and couldn’t agree more with your comment about “hypelines”. Keep up the good fight Gary!

  2. Helene
    Sep 12, 2011

    Created the greatest arctiles, you have.

  3. Lolly
    Sep 14, 2011

    I’m impressed! You’ve managed the aolmst impossible.

  4. Jona Mclay
    Sep 22, 2011

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

    • Gary
      Sep 24, 2011

      Thanks Jona – I hope you find my writng to reflect that fact that I am actually a very simple man. Thx, GAP

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