It’s very easy to get caught up in a daydream or muddled down in disappointment when it comes to our time in the saddle. One thing we can all learn from some of the athletes who are at the top of their game, though, is that focusing on the extremes is not always productive. Sure, there are lessons to be learned from mistakes and memories to be taken from triumph, but at the end of the day it truly is your focus that determines your reality.
Practice visualizing successful rounds in the stadium arena instead of being afraid of that scary triple bar oxer halfway through. Coach Daniel Stewart, who has worked with many equestrian athletes, always has some great tips on sport psychology and how to harness your focus and turn it into a productive ride. Whenever I am in need of some tips for improving my focus, I will reference his website for some resources.
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