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Daniel Stewart

There's a mental mindset where you're neither too lethargic nor too anxious; too confident nor too worried; too fearful nor not fearful enough. This place is called your Goldilocks Zone because the emotions you experience in this mindset are "just right".
Original Post Date: 08/24/2015 - 10:37   |   Last Updated: 2015:08:24 10:39:43

"If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all." We've all heard the quote, but how many of us forget to take our own advice when we speak to ourselves? Riding is a sport of distances, from 12' strides to 3' fences and 550 meters per minute. While these distances certainly play an important role in riding, so does the 7" between your ears.  Since this is where confidence, optimism and willpower is born, it just might be the most important distance of all. 
Original Post Date: 06/24/2015 - 14:25   |   Last Updated: 2015:06:24 14:25:41

We all strive for greatness. Regardless of our age, level or discipline, our horses and sport are too important to us to give anything less than the best. So what happens when mistakes and missed opportunities shake your tree of confidence? What happens when regrets replace your rebounds and threaten to rob you of your greatness?
Original Post Date: 05/26/2015 - 08:56   |   Last Updated: 2015:05:26 08:56:50

You've undoubtedly heard the term, "Get in the Zone," but just what is the zone and how in the world do you get there?An important requirement to riding well is staying focused on the present and positive - rather than on the past and problems. The reason "being in the zone" is so important is that this happens automatically when you're in the zone.  
Original Post Date: 03/16/2015 - 09:15   |   Last Updated: 2015:03:16 09:15:39

Mental Multi TaskingFocusing on the positive in the present - instead of problems in the past - is what often separates ordinary rides from the extraordinary ones, and what helps you keep it together when you might otherwise fall apart.
Original Post Date: 02/09/2015 - 08:58   |   Last Updated: 2015:02:09 08:58:14

What's Your Excuse?We all make excuses from time to time. Regardless of the excuse, their purpose is usually to deflect blame away from ourselves after a poor performance or mistake. From the wind and the judge to our horse and the order of go, there's no shortage of things we can find to take the blame for our missteps. Unfortunately, when we deflect blame away from ourselves, we also deflect away any possibility of learning from our mistake.
Original Post Date: 12/17/2014 - 09:04   |   Last Updated: 2014:12:18 08:51:33

Tip of the Month: Let Go of Your Inner CavemanAll of us agree that when we arrive at the barn, we arrive at a place that's more than just fences, paddocks, and arenas... it's our happy place. Unlike other sport venues, our happy place isn't defined by the venue itself, but by the relationship with our trainers, peers, and most importantly, the horses who live there.
Original Post Date: 11/06/2014 - 10:42   |   Last Updated: 2014:11:11 09:40:05

Tip of the MonthThe Science of Happiness
Original Post Date: 06/30/2014 - 08:44   |   Last Updated: 2014:06:30 08:45:40

Become the mentally confident rider who always believes in yourself, gets up instead of gives up and who - when you've reached the end of your rope - ties a knot and hangs on.
Original Post Date: 05/16/2014 - 10:44   |   Last Updated: 2014:05:16 10:46:23

Learning to cope with mistakes, losses, slumps and missed opportunities is a common struggle for many riders. When they occur we must believe that we can handle them - and perhaps even more importantly - improve as a result.
Original Post Date: 03/31/2014 - 10:46   |   Last Updated: 2014:03:31 11:07:05


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