Tag: Daniel Stewart

Jan 05, 2021

Pressure Proof with Coach Stewart: Perfect Efforts and Realistic Outcomes

Two months ago we began a conversation about riding rehearsals; using mental imagery to visualize your ride before actually riding. I introduced you to several unique forms of mental rehearsals (in addition to the normal “crop-drawing” you’ve probably already tried), and the many different perspectives you can view them from (think camera angles).

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Dec 10, 2020 Education

VIDEO: Equestrian Sport Psychology with Coach Daniel Stewart

Based on Coach Daniel Stewart’s book, Pressure Proof Your Riding, this wonderfully upbeat, motivating, and humorous seminar teaches a series of surprising tools that improve focus, confidence, optimism, and willpower by teaching riders how to control fears, pressure, nerves, show jitters, negative memories, doubt, and more.

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Dec 06, 2020 Education

Daniel Stewart's Tip of the Month: Feedback Rehearsals

Last month we began a conversation about riding rehearsals (visualizing your performance before your actual ride). While you probably already do some form of mental rehearsal (maybe waving your crop like a magic wand while “imagining” your ride), we spoke about several other unique ways to visualize your ride.

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Nov 03, 2020 Education

Daniel Stewart's Tip of the Month: Riding Rehearsals

While practice may not necessarily always make you perfect, you can probably agree that it’s definitely worth the effort. The good news is that, in the hectic lives of riders, not all practice needs to be physical. In fact, while nothing can replace hard work and dedication in the arena, research has shown that a little mental rehearsal can have a really positive impact on your physical riding.

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Oct 05, 2020 Education

Daniel Stewart's Tip of the Month: Athletic Anthems

When you’re struggling to find your way out of a bad mood (insert frustration, disappointment, doubt, etc. here), it would be great if you could find a quick and easy trick – and an athletic anthem might just be one of those tricks!

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Sep 01, 2020 Education

Daniel Stewart's Tip of the Month: Thought Stopping

Our horses and sport provide us with an endless array of amazing opportunities and experiences, but sadly our brains are sometimes really good at thinking really bad things. Even though we love our horses, lessons, classes, and competitions, our thoughts don’t always match the greatness of our experiences. Sometimes we just get stuck thinking bad things when good things are happening.

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Aug 02, 2020 Education

Daniel Stewart's Tip of the Month: Ego Defenses

A few months ago we began discussing the difference between defense mechanisms and coping mechanisms. Often confused as the same thing, they couldn’t be more different.

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Jul 01, 2020 Education

Daniel Stewart's Tip of the Month: Your Ego Still Isn't Your Amigo

Last month we began a series of monthly tips discussing defense mechanisms and coping strategies. It’s common for these terms to be used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different. Coping mechanisms are mental strategies that resolve stressful thoughts and feelings, while defense mechanisms are behaviors that attempt to avoid or hide from them.

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Jun 02, 2020 Education

Daniel Stewart's Tip of the Month: Your Ego is not Your Amigo

This month we’re going to begin a several-month series about defense and coping mechanisms. It’s common for these two terms to be used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different. Coping mechanisms are mental strategies that resolve stressful events, while defense mechanisms are behaviors that attempt to avoid or hide from them.

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May 02, 2020 Education

Daniel Stewart's Tip of the Month: Present-Self and Performer-Self While Social Distancing

Right now there are two very different people living inside of you (don’t worry, it’s only a metaphor.) The first one is the person who you are right now. That person is called your present-self and he or she is capable of achieving some pretty good things. Some pretty good skills, pretty good emotions, and pretty good results. But is your present-self capable of achieving the amazing and great skills, emotions, and results that you know you’re capable of?

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Apr 11, 2020 Education

Daniel Stewart's Tip of the Month: COVID or Go Big?

This month we’ve all been given a new challenge. Not one from a cranky horse or complex course, but from the coronavirus . . . and like most challenges, it can sometimes leave you feeling a bit disoriented, defeated, and discouraged. Going through, and getting through it, with your confidence intact might not always easy, but it's definitely possible – as long as you believe it.

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