Welcome to Three Essential Skill Sets for Equestrians.
I'm so excited that you are here investing in your mental skills, because I know from experience what a difference they can make to your performance abilities and your experience of being a successful and fulfilled equestrian athlete.
What you'll need for this course:
- A journal, or something similar to take notes and complete exercises.
- About 20 minutes a day.
- A willingness to examine your own thoughts, beliefs and actions.
- A willingness to take what you learn here and apply it in your riding and your life.
We know from behaviour change research that it can take from three months to a year to learn a new habit, and that to be successful, we must commit to a lot of practice and repetition of that new habit or skill. What you're going to learn in this course is essentially a new set of skills and habits around how you think about yourself and how you approach the challenging elements of being an equestrian. This will take effort, determination and lots of practice. However, if you are willing to work at it, I can promise you that it will make a huge difference to your performance and well-being as a rider.
I recommend doing one lesson every few day and not rushing through the course. Each lesson has a small challenge associated with it that will get you practicing the ideas in your real life. Take as much time as you need to think about and integrate the ideas of each lesson, before moving on to the next.
You're here taking this course, so I know you must have a good reason for doing so. There is something you want to do differently, get better at, or learn.
Before we get started, let's complete the following exercise to get clear on what you want to get out of this course. Fill in the blanks and write the response to the following questions in your journal. Imagine you are in the future, looking back at the progress you have made.
Today is (a day of your choice in the future)__________________, and I am feeling really good about my riding. As a result, I feel _____________________. I have gained _____________________. I have changed ______________________________.
What did I do differently to make this happen?
What did I let go of?
Why did I do all this?
Completing this exercise will give you some insight into why this journey is important to you. And, as we discover in more detail later, knowing why we want to do something is a crucial ingredient when it comes to actually seeing it through.
So, let's get started! See you in the first lesson.