At times we can all feel like we are facing super star riders who are unbeatable and go onto scoop all the prizes show after show. Riders like Charlotte DuJardin spring to mind.
When facing high-caliber opponents with a winning history, what can we do? There are two approaches…
The mindset you choose will make a big difference to your levels of preparation, game plan, confidence and performance on the big day!
When you concentrate on the talent, ability or accomplishments of your opponent, the end result is usually feelings of anxiety and intimidation. Focusing on your opponent zaps you of confidence and results in tentative performances and a greater number of mistakes during competitions.
The mindset that contributes to optimal performances is the one where you focus on your strengths, your successes, your preparation and your game plan.
When you are focused on your talents and abilities, you enter the competition confident, and mentally and physically ready to perform to your capabilities.
Remember that last week’s win by your opponent is just a statistic!
If you want to perform your best and compete with everything you have, you need to start the competition on even ground rather than elevate the status of your opponents. Everyone has good days and bad days.
Above all don’t put other riders on a pedestal!