I still remember becoming increasingly frustrated with my riding career as I became more focused, and perhaps obsessed, with my results. I wanted to prove to myself I was good enough and I needed good results as evidence. I was trapped in a vicious cycle and the more frustrated I got the more my results went downhill. I still remember how unhappy I felt at the time, regularly asking myself, “Why do I do this?” I know I am not the only one to have experienced this debilitating feeling. So if you recognise yourself in this story and are feeling increasingly unhappy, here are five steps to turn the tide and become a happy rider again!
Are you hungry and committed to becoming the best version of yourself?
I started my career as a competitive rider and competed at International level. In the beginning I won every weekend but as I became more and more focused on being competitive, the results started to go downhill, fast. I slowly became frustrated instead of having fun and forgot about why I actually started riding in the first place. At the shows, I became increasingly more tense…
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Are you hungry and committed to become the best version of yourself?
Are you the kind of rider who believes in order for you to succeed, you need to learn, grow, improve and invest in yourself first? If so, mental coaching can help you not only improve your mental skills but also increase your results and enjoyment on the horse…
“I grew up in a family surrounded by horses, and I’ve been riding my whole life. So of course everytime I was competing at a show I needed to deal with a lot of pressure from everyone around me. Due to this kind of pressure it was hard for me to actually perform well.
When I first met with Annette she taught me how to look at things differently. I needed to stop worrying about what people thought and instead focus on myself, my horse and how much I love showing. She also told me to focus on the process and not on the results. Which really helped me forward.
I didn’t only improve my riding through training harder but also through mental coaching. By visualizing how I wanted to ride the perfect courses with each and one of my horses it became a part of my mindset. Besides all that, Annette is a lovely person to work with, really understanding and tries to help you in any way possible.”
“Visualizing how I wanted to ride became a part of my mindset.”
Zoé Conter – Belgium