Mindset is everything. It defines how you’ll act and react; what you believe; how you treat yourself and others; and whether you’ll succeed or fail. It literally defines who you are and who you’ll become. From what drives you to what scares you, and from how you approach challenges to how you recover from mistakes, mindset is everything. Your thoughts, beliefs, attitude, and aptitude are all determined by your mindset, so developing a healthy one is one of the most important mental skills you can build.
There are five basic qualities on which mindsets are measured and simply being aware of them has been proven to help you create them. Take a look at the list below to see if you have what it takes to create a strong mindset:
1. Persistence: The quality of always moving forward, never quitting, and pushing on regardless of struggles or setbacks. It’s the ability to keep striving for your goals, to hold it together when it would be normal to fall apart, and to always finish what you start.
2. Positive Realism: Being positive is good, but being a realist is just as important. An overinflated mindset can sometimes get you into trouble because not all situations are going to be 100 percent positive. Making the best of a bad situation without losing your self-confidence is the key to positive realism.
3. Humility: Riders with humility have a desire to improve and are quietly confident in their abilities, but they also assess their strengths and weaknesses without under or overestimating them. They know that hard work can change any weakness into a strength, it just takes a little time and courage.
4. Vulnerability: Riders who allows themselves to be vulnerable don’t worry excessively about mistakes or failures because they know they learn as much from their struggles as they do from their successes. They’re not afraid to try new things, admit they have more to learn, or ask help from others.
5. No Regrets: Regret is one of the most powerful and destructive of all human emotions because it casts a shadow of doubt over your experiences and causes many riders to lose faith in themselves. Riders without regret feel periodic disappointment, but they never allow it to sidetrack their self-belief.
Hopefully you’ll recognize many of these qualities in yourself, but never hesitate to try and develop a few more. When it comes to building a positive mindset, always remember that if your mind can conceive it, and your heart can believe it, then you can achieve it!
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After the first day of competition, Canadian Olympian Colleen Loach and her horse FE Golden Eye lead an international field in the CCI4*-L division of the MARS Bromont CCI.
Stone Gate Farm Horse Trials, located in Hanoverton, Ohio, announced they would cancel their fall horse trials, which were scheduled for Sept. 23-24.
Morgan Rowsell had just wrapped up organizing a successful Essex H.T. in Far Hills, New Jersey, on June 4, but as he turned his attention to his next show two weeks later, he was faced with challenges presented by the effects that wildfires from Canada are now having on equestrian sports in the Northeast. “The very next day, the smoke came in,” he said. “It looks like a warm, humid, hazy day, but it’s not humid, it’s not warm, it’s actually quite cool. There’s no air. There’s very little breeze. There’s a northeast wind coming out of Canada that is bringing all the Novia Scotia and Quebec smoke to us, and it smells like smoke.”
The first USEA Classic Series competition of 2023 at the IEA H.T. in Edinburgh, Indiana, from June 2-4 brought out the best in event horses with different breeding, backgrounds, and sizes. There was Primrose BMD, originally bred for dressage by a Dutch Harness Horse stallion out of an Andalusian dam, showing how much she relishes jumping by finishing on her dressage score 31.8 to win the Training Three-Day (T3D) with Anna Banks aboard. Then, April Hays and her Holsteiner gelding Anteros HSH won the Novice Three-Day (N3D) with a score of 26.7 despite not knowing if they’d be able to make the competition until the last minute. And, Halley Widlak and her 14.2-hand Connemara pony mare Starscream captured the Beginner Novice Three-Day (BN3D) with a score of 25.7 for the third blue ribbon the pair has earned in four USEA-recognized events together.