Equestrian Mindset Coaching can help you to:
Mentally prepare for your next ride, whatever your discipline or skill level
Develop a step-by-step plan to incrementally improve your riding results, whatever discipline or level you currently ride at
Turn your fear of riding or competing into fun occasions that you really enjoy
Discover and understand your core motivation to ride. Develop a personal motivation statement
Be curious about uncovering new ways that can help your success
Increase your mental skills to better utilize your physical talent
What Is Mental Skills Coaching? Who Is It For?
Mental Skills coaching is an opportunity to talk through your riding, unmounted. Together, you and your mental skills or mindset coach will look at and develop your awareness of your optimal performance state, as well as discuss any current behaviours or patterns that limit your performance.
You may have a very specific problem, or incident, that you want to work through, or you may need help in forward planning your season goals. You may have noticed a pattern in your performance that you want to change. We are all different, and while you may need to address finding calm and focus before a dressage test or jumping round, your riding companion may need help creating higher energy because her horse is nappy on hacks. However much or little riding experience, ambition, success or the lack thereof you are experiencing, mental skills coaching can help you make sense of and develop useful strategies for overcoming obstacles that hold you back.
9 Mental Skills for Peak Performance
- Are you a glass half full or glass half empty type of person? How do you treat your own mistakes? What about your sucesses? Many riders and athletes are so busy finding fault with their performance, that they really struggle to find postive words to say to themselves.
- Some riders struggle to see the good in others and seem to feel the need to say something mean or nasty about someone else to feel better about themselves. There will always be someone better than you, someone with more experience, and someone that you look up to – even Charlotte Dujardin has heroes.
- This shouldn’t stop you from finding positive things about your own ride. No matter how it went, try and find 2 or 3 positive qualities about today’s ride. Every day.
- An attitude of gratitude goes a long way.
- What do you most love about riding? How does your riding reflect who you are? When we are really authentic about our inner motivation for riding, we are able to structure our goals in a meaningful way.
- Create a Motivation Statement that fuels your passion and reminds you why you ride and what you want to achieve with your riding.
- When disappointments and setbacks threaten to derail you, you can gather your strength by reading your motivation statement
- “All people dream but not equally! Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake up in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they dream their dreams with open eyes and make them come true!” T. E. Lawrence
- The intricate art of being fully in this present moment while knowing exactly what comes next, and how to let go of anything in the past that isn’t serving you. How do you get into “the zone” before your ride? Do you have a pre-performance routine?
- “The Zen master knows that when your focus shifts to what you can control, the essential little things – your preparation, your attitude, your efforts in the porcess – your confidence begins to rise. Self-doubt diminishes and belief becomes a possibility.” Zen Tradition.
- Focus Intensity Training (FIT) is an approach to strength training that makes conscious, coordinated use of different states of body awareness. FIT works by alternating between focussed intensity and deep relaxation.
- A confident, calm attitude helps you to perform consistently at higher levels. But out of our comfort zone, the challenge is to find calm under unfamiliar pressure. Confidence is not an absolute, but a variable, based on the skill, the context and your own mindset, how you approach each challenge.
- Building your confidence is a key aspect to improving your riding performance. Tracking your rides helps you to build your own portfolio of evidence to support your own growth
- “All achievement starts in the imagination before it is ever realised in the physical form” Napoleon Hill
- “sight is a function of the eyes, but vision is a function of the heart”
- “Champions aren’t made in the gyms, champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision” Muhammad Ali
- The amount of energy you put into a particular way of being, becomes the way in which you “show up” in your world. Put another way, do you allow negativity bias to run the show for you and your riding?
- Negativity bias is the tendency to look first at the problem and always focus on what we want to be different – or leading with the negative. That can really affect your motivation and be demoralizing over time when all you’re doing is picking on your weaknesses.
- Channel the calm, composed, controlled, collected and centered mindset of the rider you most admire. Watch this person around horses, around people, and especially at shows. What do you notice about their energy?