Principles and goals

7 Nov

I read a blog entry today and it got me thinking about principles versus goals. Originally I was going to write about my horse-related goals, but it seems like that may be a bit premature. When I googled the definitions of “principle” and “goal” I found the following:


1. An accepted or professed rule of action or conduct;

2. A fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived;

3. A fundamental doctrine or tenet; a distinctive ruling opinion;

4. Principles, a personal or specific basis of conduct or management;

5. Guiding sense of the requirements and obligations of right conduct;


1. The end toward which effort is directed.

 I’ve adjusted my original blog plan and have decided to identify some equine principles that I feel quite strongly about instead, then I can focus on goals and how I can use my principles to help me achieve them. I’ve never really sat down to concretely identify what my “horsey” principles are, but the more I think about it, the more I am positive that I do have some. In fact, in recent dealings at the barn I believe I said to a friend, “…it just goes against everything I believe in” when we were discussing an event that had occurred and how it was addressed.

Oh yeah, I guess I haven’t mentioned this – my barn is an interesting place to say the least. There is an odd mix of characters with different backgrounds and “principles” shall we say. Regardless of whether or not I necessarily agree with others’ choices, I certainly have learned a lot in the 5 years I’ve been riding there and my eyes have opened to the good, the bad, and the ugly of the horse business. There will always be ups and downs in any aspect of our lives, and sometimes it seems as though the downs will never turn into ups, but they will eventually, and I suppose as long as you have principles, you just have to stick to them and they will take you where you want to be. Don’t get me wrong, the people at the barn are good people, if I didn’t believe that then I wouldn’t be there; it’s just that sometimes, you don’t really know what you’re walking into until you’re there. Never a dull moment to say the least.

On that note – I have to put some of my previously unwritten principles into writing, so I will leave you with a quote from Anthony Robbins (which was also posted on the blog I referred to earlier):

“Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are
simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only
reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow.
Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s
who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals,
that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment.”

So wise Anthony Robbins, so very wise.


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