Kirsten Farris – Psychology Category
Confidence is interesting–most people think it is an actual ‘‘thing” that they either have, or they don’t. I think of confidence as a belief in a person’s ability to do something and just like a bank account, we either make deposits or withdrawals. If you feel your confidence is constantly in overdraft status, try eliminating the following habits and your account balance will be in the black in no time.Read More...
Whether it is winning a World or Congress Championship, a year end title or an all around saddle, most competitors have always dreamed about becoming a “Winner”. In order to achieve your goal, you create a plan, work hard, and you turn your dream into a reality. Then something weird happens. Instead of being on top of the world, you realize that winning comes with its own set of truths.Read More...
According to Graham Jones, Sheldon Hanton and Declan Connaugton, mental
toughness is, “Having the natural or developed psychological edge that
enables you to: generally, cope better than your opponents with the many
demands (competition, training, lifestyle) that sport places on a
It’s that time of year again where I cringe every time I hear about
resolutions…a.k.a, the average person’s “To Do List” for the first
week in January. This year, I actually have something that would qualify
for a resolution if the resolution is to make themselves and others
happy in 2014. What’s even better about this resolution is that I have
put it to the test, and I am happy to report that it works!
Life is funny sometimes. If I just sit back and watch things happen, I am able to spot a trend. In the last month or two, my inbox has delivered ‘messages’ to me that pertain to rider effectiveness. These emails came from various sources that created a list of traits and attributes of effective riders. Once I took off my “dunce” cap, I realized that the universe was telling me that I needed to put together a list of my own. So I did, and here it is.Read More...
With the Major Show Season in full swing, we may feel like our personal pressure cooker has been cranked up a notch or two. While some people like Nik Wallenda love high stress situations and can walk on a tightrope over the Grand Canyon, some of us may need a few practical tips to ensure that we come out of a high pressure situation un-cracked and intact.Read More...
Some people would say the only things that are certain in life are death
and taxes. I would argue to say the only thing certain in life is
uncertainty. Given the recent happenings in Oklahoma over the past few
weeks, it made me realize that so many things in our horse show world
are uncertain and out of our control.
Last September, I wrote “When is Enough, Enough?” and I am still getting feedback from that article. I figured you may not have had enough of the topic, so here is Part Two. People start showing horses for many reasons. Many people start showing because it’s a family affair while others get into showing when their love and passion for horses leads them to enter competitions. No matter the reason, people show because of the feelings they get when they participate.
Now that AQHA Leveling and the New Novice Rules are in place, you may find yourself in a position to try a new class or two. After all, learning new things can be fun and exciting, right? However, if you find yourself feeling like a dog stuck with the same old tricks, these tips will help straighten out your learning curve and have you loving your new event in no time.Read More...