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The west was won because our forefathers stood their ground. Like them, always stay true to your beliefs, your convictions, and your faith. And, have a great day amigo. . . . . . . . . #americanwest #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranchlife #ranchlifestyle #cowboy #western #westtexas #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #westernwednesday #americancowboy #texascowboy #livingmyownwestern #howthewestwaswon #cowboystyle #vaquero #westernstyle #wayoutwest #texashillcountry #texaslife #texasstyle #texaspride #cowboygear #cowboy_features #rancher
It’s been said that the real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money. . Well, that got me to thinking about the type of wealth I want to build. One based on money or one based on family, friends, health, and a joyful way of life? . I believe even in these unusual times (and especially in these unusual times), we can all become very wealthy by simply redefining what wealth means to us. . For you, is it time outdoors for some fresh air, time to play games around the kitchen table, or maybe time to simply gain more knowledge by reading a good book (remember those)? . So, tell me friend, what wealth are you building today? 👇🏼 . . . . . . . #americanwest #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranchliving #livingmyownwestern #cowboyaccountant #horselifestyle #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #wisdomquotes #wisewordsoftheday #doubleyourmoney #weekendwisdom #wisdomquote #cowboywayoflife #moneyquotes
Of all the things I have to accept in my life, I pray silently that God will never let me know the last time I get to ride this horse. . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #stockhorse #cowhorse #americanwest #aqhaproud #aqhamare #bayroan #hancockhorses #hancockbred #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranch #cowboylifestyle #horses #westernlife #cowboyaccountant #horseback #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy #meandmyhorse #horsebackriding #horsebackrider #takingabreak #cowboyhorse #roanhorses
When things get tricky, it’s time to get focused. . In life, and in horsemanship, sometimes things need to be perfect and sometimes they can be good enough. Experience will help guide your focus. Make it a great day my friend! . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #americanwest #bayroan #westernheritage #cowboylife #cowboy #horses #westernlife #cowboyaccountant #horseback #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #westernwednesday #americancowboy #texascowboy #saddleup #cowboyhat #cowboyhats #thisoldhat #weliveiteveryday #forlandforlife #tackingup #wildrags #saddlehorse #saddlehorn #cowboyway #cowboy_features
Thankful and positive. Every day. No matter what comes our way. (Hey, that rhymes!) . For many years, I would ask negative questions like, “What’s the 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙨𝙩 that could happen?” or “Why 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 we try this?” . I realized that every time I said those negative words out loud (or even in my head) I was fueling more negativity. I was feeding it. I was accepting it in my life. . So, I made a commitment to myself several years ago, to adopt a thankful, positive attitude in my words, my thoughts, and my actions. And, you know what? A positive mindset gets positive results. . If you’re thinking this is just a bunch of psychological babbling, maybe you’re right. But, here’s the thing: it works! . So, consider doing your best every day to be thankful and positive. And, in that, you’ll be happier. Especially in these unique times! . Bronco Brush Jacket x @schaeferoutfitterusa . . . . . . #ranchhorse #cowhorse #cowboyhorse #cowboywayoflife #aqhaproud #aqhamare #bayroan #hancockhorses #hancockbred #quarterhorse #stockhorse #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranchlife #cowboylifestyle #myhorseandme #wayoutwest #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy #mondayinspiration #cowboyhat #brushcoat #livingmyownwestern #forlandforlife
Each one of us only gets 24 hours in a day. Nothing more, nothing less. How will you spend yours today? . . . . . . . #americanwest #cowboys #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranchlife #cowboy #longlivecowboys #westernlife #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #thursdayquotes #americancowboy #texascowboy #spendyourtimewisely #ranchroping #goafteryourdreams #cowboyliving #cowboylifestyle #wisdomquotes #wisdomquote
No matter what, we always reserve the right to be happy. The outlook for everything that happens in our lives is based solely on how we see it in that moment. So, keep your head up. . . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #americanwest #aqha #bayroan #stockhorse #cowhorse #cowboyhorse #cowboylife #ranchlifestyle #cowboylifestyle #horses #livingmyownwestern #cowboyaccountant #horseback #horsebackriding #westernlifestyle #westernwednesday #americancowboy #texascowboy #livingthemoment #cowboywork #happyishealthy #cowboywayoflife
They’ve had to cancel all the sortings, shut down all the rodeos, and cut off all the arena lights, but we still have this time together. And, for that I’m thankful. . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #cowhorse #cowboyhorse #cowboyway #cowboywayoflife #aqha #bayroan #hancockbred #quarterhorse #stockhorse #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranchlife #cowboylifestyle #horses #wayoutwest #cowboyaccountant #horseback #horsebackriding #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy
Time to get focused. Time to get to work (the best you can). But, most importantly, it’s a great time to focus on all the good in your life. Have a great day y’all! . . . . . . . #americanwest #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranch #cowboy #longlivecowboys #horsebarn #horsestalls #horsestable #cowboyaccountant #ranchwork #farmwork #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy #livingmyownwestern #barnlife #barnwood #barnwork #barnchores #gettingworkdone #focusonthegood #mondaymornings

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It’s that time of year again for those of us in the accounting business, with increased business activity from an improving economy, the demands of client service, the implementation of new accounting guidance for auditors, and our tax brethren digesting all the aspects of the new Tax Act. And while I’ve been making my way through the dreaded busy season for over a quarter of a century now, it hasn’t always been easy on me, my family or those I work with. 

I’ve seen and experienced many talented colleagues dealing with significant stress this time of year.  I see it on their faces with the “thousand-mile stare” of a soldier in combat, the crisp e-mail messages, and the generally grumpy (but understandable) dispositions.  All are tell-tale signs of what we all experience at the intersection of having too much on our professional and personal plates and having significant anxiety about how to accomplish it all.

Don’t just put your head down and muscle through it

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While the temptation may be to put our heads down and muscle through it until we get to take a break and de-stress, science and research actually indicates this is not the best approach. According to research from professional services firm Towers Watson, employees suffering from high stress levels have lower engagement, are less productive and have higher absenteeism levels than those not working under excessive pressure. 

Think about that for just a moment: the more we have to do, the more stressed we get, and then the more stressed we are, the less effective we are at accomplishing everything we have to do.  Talk about a vicious death spiral!  It seems to me that if we can break the cycle of stress and stressors, we can return balance to our lives.  And, it turns out this kind of balance is really, really important for our health and our well-being.


“We all need to get out of our heads and into our minds occasionally by finding time for ourselves.”


There are too many ways to reduce stress and return balance to our professional and personal lives to fit into this article.  One technique to consider, though, is riding a horse. 

Horses get us focused

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I grew up in the hills above Los Angeles riding my pony and dreaming that I was a Mexican vaquero who was conquering the wide open spaces of early California.  As I got older and the demands of work and life started to crowd my days, weeks and months, my time on horseback took a back seat.  So, when I relocated to the Lone Star State in the late 90s, I found anew an opportunity to enjoy my childhood pursuit. 

For me, when I’m in the saddle on the back of a 1,200-pound animal with his own ideas about how the time together should go, I find I’d better have my full attention and focus between the two ears of that horse and what we’re doing or my mount will go in his direction and I’ll have a front row seat from the ground!  There’s no time for thinking about a particularly pressing demand, or the stress of impressing a client, or the terse, umm, discussion with my spouse about dishes.  It’s just me and my horse trying to work together to accomplish something authentic. 

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The Cowboy Accountant spending a little time in the saddle.

While it’s my time to celebrate a partnership built on mutual benefit and mutual vulnerability, it’s also a great time to give my brain a break to sort through and resequence the triggers of my stress so that I can deal with them in the most efficient order.

For you, yoga or meditation or running may be great ways to disconnect from the problems of the day for an hour or so, and reset your emotional mindset so that you can fully and completely focus on the challenges ahead.  And, in the process, you may find further clarity, which will make you more efficient, which in turn can reduce your stress levels because you are getting more done.

Find what’s right for you

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What’s important here is to find that one thing that makes you forget to check your phone.  That one thing that keeps worry at bay.  That one thing that allows you to take a deep breath and then slowly release it.  We all need to get out of our heads and into our minds occasionally by finding time for ourselves.  Tony Robbins calls it the “hour of power.”  Or “thirty minutes to thrive,” or even “fifteen minutes for fulfillment.” Regardless of the amount of time we can allocate for ourselves and regardless of what we call that time, it’s critically important to make time for ourselves. 

Think about it: the most successful people in the world – and by that I don’t just mean financially successful, but successful in any aspect of life as they define it – find time for themselves.  If they can do it, we can too.  So, when you are finished reading this, put away your phone for a few minutes, and take time for yourself.  You can do it.  I know you can!  Your customers and colleagues will thank you, your family and friends will thank you, and your mind and body will thank you because you’ll be balanced, refreshed, and fully engaged in every aspect of your life.

For each of you, my sincere hope is that you will make the time for yourself to pursue a passion that allows you to reduce stress levels and sort things out in your head, which in turn will make you more effective in accomplishing the tasks that are stressing you out.  I look forward to hearing about your success in finding balance.

Until then, happy trails! ★

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