Don't Feed the Pushme-Pullyou!


A little bit o’ Biz Wiz…


The Pushme-Pullyou is a character from the 1967 film “Dr. Dolittle”. I was enthralled with the animal that had a front end of a llama on both ends of its body!

Of course, as a six-year-old at the time I was most perplexed by how in the world did it go to the bathroom?

All potty jokes aside, my thoughts of the PushMe-PullYou are how in the world did it ever decide which way to go? 

Do you ever feel a bit like a PushMe-PullYou yourself? Are there times when you have two diametrically opposed ideas pulling your attention in opposite directions? Or perhaps you have started something that no longer resonates with your greater good, yet you keep pushing it forward because you just don’t know what else to do (or you don’t want to be a quitter). 

In our very busy, flash driven, super multi-tasking society we are required to make swift decisions around multiple subjects numerous times a day.  More times than not those decisions are made solely from either our re-active mind doing what it always does or an emotional ‘knee jerk’ reaction to a past experience that we project into our present circumstance rather than taking a new positive perspective.

In order to effectively direct the well-intentioned yet highly disruptive PushMe-PullYou within, we must allow ourselves the opportunity to thoroughly and honestly evaluate our heart’s desire for its greatest good. Sometimes the self-honesty part is the hardest part to get in touch with because it has long been the least examined and most denied piece of our identity.

In order to gain a measure of clarity around decision making that integrates the wisdom of our mind, heart & emotions based on what wants to emerge for you TODAY, I invite you to ask yourself 3 questions (without any “ya buts” or beating yourself up, please)…

  1. How do you feel about where you are today in your life and business?
  2. How do you want to feel about your life and business this time next year?
  3. What are you going to do about it?

Do you presently feel frustrated or sad, just okay, pretty good, great or stellar? Acknowledging ‘what is’, is the first step in deciding ‘what will be’!

Once you determine what you WANT to feel about your life and business this time next year then make all of your decisions going forward based on that which is in alignment with how you want to feel

For example: what habits or relationships need to be let go of, what actions, mentors, number of new clients, assistance or learning may be needed in order to feel satisfied, expanded, needed, accomplished, wealthy, helpful, acknowledged, important, healthy, self-sufficient, HAPPY?

What needs to be examined or expressed in order for you to fully resonate with the mind, body, and soul of your work and your purpose, so that the PushMe ‘should’ and the PullYou ‘have-to’ disappear altogether?

Thank You for your contributions to this work and thank you for reading.

To Your Horse & Soul Success,


~author of, “The Business of Coaching with Horses. How to Reach More Clients, Feed Your Horses and Change the World!”

My mission is to empower and educate equine inspired practitioners in the art of profitable program design and marketing. My dream-come-true is to see equine-assisted personal and professional development be recognized and celebrated for the unique transformational modality that it is, and to become as popular as yoga and Starbucks!


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