Most of you probably have already figured this out...I guess I'm just a slow learner.
I've been working with Lakota and riding him on a more consistent basis. He's stubborn and like to buck when he doesn't want to do something. Usually then I start thinking, "Don't buck, be good." And that get's me thinking about bucking, so he bucks. Today instead of thinking that, I thought, "Walk forward proudly and happily. Accept the bit. Pay attention to my aids. Walks straightly in a circle." And I said it out loud while I was riding. It helped me so much because instead of becoming discouraged wehn he would stop, I would just say those things and concentrate ahead of me and picture us walking forward and he actually responded to me better. Just wanted to give advice/talk about my revalation. =)