Are you trying to avoid making mistakes when you compete?
Perhaps you ride in fear of knocking down a fence, forgetting your next dressage transition or letting down a team-chaser mate? No-one wants to feel embarrassed by making mistakes, nor ruin all our hard work and training.
The problem is that when we ride with a fear of making mistakes, we tend to under ride! We ride more cautiously than we might otherwise. Typical results of riding with a fear of making mistakes can include:-
- Focussing too much on any mistakes we do make!
- Thinking too much about our result/ score
- Riding tentatively
- Over controlling our performance
- Second-guessing our decisions and hesitating
What is the right mental approach to have?
The key is to trust in your skills. To ride decisively.
How do you do this?
1. Start by letting go of what others might be thinking about your performance so you can trust in your skill.
2. Be decisive i.e. no more second guessing yourself.
3. Know your test, know your course and practice key moves or fence combos.
4. Go with your instincts and gut reaction which will always be faster and therefore more decisive than not!
In summary, riders must know why we have fears, and what we want to avoid, so we can ride beyond them!
We have to learn why we want to avoid letting others down and fear mistakes. These may all seem like normal everyday ways of thinking – yes they are, but they don’t have to interfere with your riding! They are choices – you can learn how to chose to listen to them or ignore them!
Coaching with JigsawEquine will show you how to get inside the mind of a winner!
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