The Grayt Adventure - Holly Grayton's Blog

In my life I am all-consumed with horses: reading about them, watching videos, what exercises we are going to work on etc... but more and more I find myself growing and learning through my experiences with them. And so here it will be, my everyday meanderings about life through horses and sport.


The secret to happiness...

I was listening to Dax Shephard interview his wife Kristen Bell on his podcast, The Armchair Expert, and they let me in on a little secret to happiness! Ready? Make a list of things that make you feel good. Easy, right? So when you are down/depressed/tempted to make bad choices and so on, refer back to your list. Ok here is mine: Work out. Not my first choice but I always feel good after. At least go for a good walk. Do something nice for someone. Feeling useful always makes me feel good. Stretch. Something about stretching clears the head. Organize/clean out/purge some area of my house. Sit with my horse for 5 entire minutes with out thinking of anything but gratitude on my mind. What’s you

In it to win it

I got thinking more about the energy we need to win, and I think it goes much further than just how we prepare for the class. On the weekend I was showing myself, and I was thinking about people that win a lot. Kent Farrington came to mind (and then a article with many quotes from him and Steve Guerdat came up and I thought how serendipitous!) Anyway, when I think of Kent I think he trains all the time with winning in mind. If I am not basing everything I do energetically around winning then why should I expect to win? No, this obviously doesn’t have to be an ‘all or nothing’ situation, but if we aren’t practicing with winning in mind, then we aren’t visualizing wins and believing we can and

What energy do we need to carry to thrive?

In my observation people carry different energy when they compete that seems to help them do well. I can’t quite find mine just yet. Without naming specific people, a few different kinds of ‘energy’ I have noticed at competitions are as follows: Panic/frenzy – the person that is perpetually late, has the wrong equipment or is rushing; Jovial/unfocused – the person that is talking about all things not associated with the class they are about to go in, seemingly not taking things seriously enough; Hyper-focused/sharp – this person is hard on everyone and everything around them. Often yelling, angry, unhappy with anybody’s efforts; Nervous – this person is completely dependent on the people aro

Total Fear of Screwing Up (FOSU)

You may have heard the colloquialism FOMO (fear of missing out). Well this is not quite the same as FOMO, but rather FOSU – Fear Of Screwing Up. Maybe I should take a lesson from FOMO because what I do is exactly in contrast of it. I have a habit of not wanting to show on Sundays, or at least the last Sunday of a show circuit… am I alone in that? If I have a great show I don’t want to screw up and negate the progress we have made to this point, or worse to end on a bad note. Sometimes it makes sense to end early, if we have really worked through something and I feel we have accomplished something important or we had to adjust the schedule to jump an extra class because one day didn’t go as p

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