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Are you a Dreamer or Goal Setter?

By Karen Pickering


Learning life skills that get you where and what you want is hard work—but it’s fun and rewarding. I encourage all of you to follow your dream by creating tangible goals.

I love the saying you can’t get to your destination if you don’t know where it is. Do you know where you’re going? Do you want to be a world-class horse trainer? Make the Olympic team? Own a training facility? Win the buckle? Whatever you dream, you can do it! How do I know?

When I worked in the customs brokerage industry many years ago, I developed a love and talent for working with computers and designing. When I started to plan my future, I was designing newsletters for the company I worked for. I loved to educate our customers about clearing their merchandise into the U.S. and I put that information together into a newsletter. It dawned on me one day to capture my love of horses and do the same!

I started the Northwest Horse Source Magazine in December of 1995. I knew very little about graphic design and had no background in journalism. I had a very humble beginning but turned my dream into a lifetime business that I love. It’s not easy having your own business but my dream led me to meet some of the greatest trainers, authors and horsemen of our time. Best of all I get to connect with horse people every day.

It’s all about creating a vision for yourself and creating a plan to get there. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how; it matters that you know why. I had the privilege of meeting Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul books, at a recent seminar. Pursuing my dreams is a continuous process throughout my life and learning those skills through seminars and clinics is the best way. Start with a vision board and believe that you will reach your goals and realize your dreams.

One of my dreams is having a beautiful apartment/barn. Your dream may be to have a special barn or arena for teaching or hosting events. Check out the cover story on page 6. I met Todd Stern of Northwest Metal Supply at the Idaho Horse Expo in April. He may be able to help you meet one of your goals to have that dream facility.

And tell me your dreams. Sharing them gives people the opportunity to help you reach them. I look forward to hearing from you!

Quote: “Some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, others make it happen.” ~ Michael Jordan – American Basketball Player


Published August 2019 Issue

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