Every morning we start as just another entry in a horse race.
We saddle up, mount up and step into the gate.
Side by side we wait, the stink of nervous energy permeates the starting gate.
Waiting for the bell, expectation and a few rusty iron bars is all that separates us from the competition.
And then the silence hits…
The world is still moving, the crowd is still cheering, but our world is silent. This is the deafening quiet anticipation meeting expectation. Then…
Growing up 30 minutes from Saratoga Race Course, “The Track” is part of who I am… It’s in my blood.
At 32 years old, I still get just as giddy on the quick drive up the Northway as I did when I was a child. I’ve witnessed hundreds if not thousands of horse races over the years.
Every new race excites my soul.
People who don’t frequent The Track, don’t understand. They think it’s about gambling (or worse about winning money…ha!)
For me, The Track has nothing to do with gambling and horses are only part of it.
The beauty in horse racing is recognizing the moment when a horse decides to finish first.
…and I know the jockey plays a role in every run, but the jockey’s job is really just to put the horse in position. The horse has to decide to finish first.
This moment is the electricity of life in it’s purest form.
The ears pin back.
The head pushes down.
The horses’s gait changes.
The path becomes determined.
That horse, whether maiden or Grade I veteran has decided to be first on this day.
It’s amazing actually.
Some horses have this ability. The desire to finish first lives deep within them, passed along some blood line and when the moment is right they’re able to call upon that desire.
Other horses don’t. They just run. They run the race and with the right jockey, with the right conditions and right competition they may even win.
For these horses, their victories, often small and infrequent, are not the result of will or determination… but rather luck and circumstance.
In this capacity, I believe we humans differ from horses.
It’s not in our blood lines to finish first.
It’s in our own mind. Each individual mind. Your’s. Mine. Everyone.
We must dare to be first.
Dare to take the lead…
…to step forward
…to take charge.
Fate decides the winner, that doesn’t mean you need let Fate’s decision be an easy one.
I can’t teach you to decide.
There are no tactics for deciding to finish first.
You must want it.
I can only make you aware of your ability. The rest is up to you.
Dare to be first.
Have the audacity to believe you are worthy.
Then, like the Thoroughbred you are… Take Action!
…and on the idea of taking action, I’m going to leave you with this great quote from Robert Ringer, author of Action! Nothing Happens Until Something Moves:
I am absolutely convinced that neither success nor happiness is possible without action… Ideas can be precious commodities that can change the world. Sound preparation is invaluable, and knowledge and wisdom are essential when it comes to giving one an edge in the pursuit of great achievements.
But ideas, preparation, knowledge and wisdom are all but useless without action because action is the starting point of all progress. In other words, an idea of and by itself has no intrinsic value. It must be accompanied by action. It is action that cuts the umbilical cord and brings an idea out of the womb.
Thank you and Good luck,
I am Ryan Hanley.
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