Kirsten Farris – Psychology Category

Finding the Ultimate Performance Zone with Kirsten Farris

You’re next. After all the months of planning, hard work and preparation, you are headed into the arena for your biggest performance of the year. You are confident in your ability to succeed and you feel the excitement of the challenge. Positioned at the cone, the only thing you can hear is your heartbeat and […]

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How to Find Timeless Elegance in English Fashion with Kirsten Farris

People like showing horses for a multitude of reasons–the competition, the discipline, or the sheer joy of creating an unlikely partnership between human and horse. While those are common motives, there is one thing that most people, women in particular, really like about showing. That would be…the clothes. Think about it, where else on earth […]

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Silencing Your Inner Bully with Kirsten Farris

One of the major issues that prevents peak performance is our “Self Talk”. Not only is it distracting and keeps us from focusing on the task at hand, for many of us the little voice inside our head can be critical, mean and downright nasty. If your self talk is overshadowing your self esteem, these tips will […]

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Six Life Hacks for Eliminating Envy with Kirsten Farris

When I think of March, I see green. The color green is often associated positive things like St. Patrick’s Day, balance, growth and Kermit the Frog. On the other hand, green is linked to feelings of envy and jealously. If you have been on the planet for any length of time, you have probably experienced […]

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Heart of A Champion: What I Learned from The Pope Family by Kirsten Farris

Many of us were touched by the passing of Stone Pope, and it is nice to see the equine community put aside the occasional petty and self centered behavior and come forward with an outpouring of love, support and compassion for a family that many of us have not personally met. I am amazed at […]

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What’s Out and What’s In for 2015 with Kirsten Farris

It’s that time again. You made it through Thanksgiving, the presents have been opened and 2014 is coming to a close. Finally with a moment to yourself you prepare to partake in the last holiday tradition of the year, which isn’t to fire up the blender and and binge drink margaritas , it’s time to reflect on the past and make resolutions for the future. That’s right, it’s Resolution Time!

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7 Things We Do to Sabotage Show Ring Success- Part 2

I don’t know about you, but if you are going to tell me what I’m doing wrong, you better tell me what to do about it. In case you can identify with some of the behaviors in last month’s article or are just wondering how to stop the things we do to sabotage success, here are some ideas. Most of the top Sport Consultants and Psychologists would agree that one of the biggest obstacles to peak performance is the lack of proper focus, and quite frankly, I could write a 300 page article about it.

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7 Things We Do to Sabotage Show Ring Success-Part 1

When you look at the definition of sabotage, the key word that makes an act of failure a true work of sabotage is “deliberate”. Let me ask you, how many of you decide ahead of time exactly how you are going to create failure by snatching it out of the jaws of success? Therefore, in the true spirit of sabotage, I would say that very few people commit “Conscious Sabotage” by pre-planning the type of monkey wrench they are going to throw into their winning run.

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Five Things Every Horse Show Parent Needs to Know

Most people would agree that being a parent is one of the hardest yet rewarding jobs on the planet. You worry, support, nag and bribe your kids to do the right thing, and at the end of the day, all you really want is for your child to be happy. Then, one day, your dear son or daughter says four innocent little words, “I want a horse” and life as you know it will never be the same. 

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What Equestrians Can Learn from Navy SEALS by Kirsten Farris

A few weeks ago, the commencement speech at The University of Texas given by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command was floating around cyberspace. The speech was about the 10 life lessons that he learned during his basic SEAL training, and if you have not seen it yet, you can read it here. After reading the article, it occurred to me that equestrians can learn a lot from a Navy SEAL‘s experience.

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