Patience Pays

Like the old saying says, “You can’t win ’em all.” You have to have the mindset that you’re going to win or be successful at every roping or rodeo you go to. If you didn’t think you had a chance to win, why would you leave the house? I’ve never left home thinking I wasn’t going to win something in my whole career. But as we all know, no one wins every single time. And sometimes no matter how much you prepare and how mentally positive you are, you won’t win. The luck of the draw has a lot to do with it. There are times we all get discouraged and down if a week of bad times turns into a month or two. But you can’t let your emotions get you down too much, because when the turning point does come, it can go weeks and months the other way. You have to be ready to capitalize when the opportune time comes. So much of this sport is about attitude. It’s so easy to get discouraged, and the tough times seem to run in cycles. You can get into a mindset where you’re whipped down when things aren’t going your way. But you have to keep the attitude that the next steer you run is going to be the turning point.

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