“Ride in the Pursuit of Excellence, Not the Pursuit of Perfection”: 6 Habits to Change Now So You Can Love Riding More and Perform Better Because of It

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Striving for the impossible—that is, perfection—is one of the greatest causes of stress and underperformance. It occurs when an intense need to win makes it impossible for you to accept anything less.

Perfectionists mean well and try hard, but usually overthink, overanalyze, and are self-critical. They set the “bar of expectation” so high it almost always leads to a chain of events characterized by making a mistake, dwelling on it, feeling frustrated, and becoming disappointed because they’ve let themselves–and perhaps others—down.

Sound familiar? See if these 6 common habits of perfectionists describe you when you ride, train, and/or compete. Do you:

  • Place unreasonably high demands on yourself?
  • Make mistakes because your fear of underperforming makes you tense?
  • Feel most motivated by ribbons, standings, spectators, or “beating” your opponents?
  • Struggle to ride in the “present” because you are focused on (future) outcomes?
  • Attempt to ride with perfect technique, which causes you to ride mechanically?
  • Feel unable to let go of your mistakes or like you must make excuses for them?

The good news is, you CAN overcome perfectionism! In his fantastic and energized new book PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING, sport psychology expert and international riding coach Daniel Stewart gives you these tips for changing your perfectionist habits, loving riding more, and riding better because of it:

  • Set goals focused on how you’ll perform rather than how you’ll finish.
  • Learn from your mistakes: They are learning opportunities not missed opportunities.
  • Focus on the solution to a problem instead of a problem itself.
  • Focus on yourself, not on others, whether lesson mates, opponents, or spectators.
  • Stay in the present moment: Avoid thinking about past mistakes or future standings.

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For loads of clearly defined, individual steps to mental and physical success in the saddle, including ways to strengthen mental imagery, goal-setting tools, stress management techniques, keys to sensory, short-term, and long-term memory, and much much more, check out PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING, by Daniel Stewart, available now at the TSB online bookstore.

“I truly believe that, regardless of your understanding of sport psychology, Pressure Proof Your Riding is an essential read.”

–Kevin Price, CEO US Pony Club

“Daniel’s enthusiasm is infectious, and his attitude toward emotional challenges makes having nerves and insecurities seem so normal— and so manageable.”

–Leslie Threlkeld, Editor, Eventing USA

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TSB Author Daniel Stewart Wraps Up a 42-Stop Clinic Tour and Donates $4,000 to the USPC!

TSB author Daniel Stewart just wrapped up his sold-out 2013 Summer Clinic Tour.

TSB author Daniel Stewart just wrapped up his sold-out 2013 Summer Clinic Tour.

TSB author and equestrian sport psychology expert Daniel Stewart just wrapped up his sold-out 2013 Summer Clinic Tour! From early June to late August he crisscrossed the United States bringing his intoxicating brand of enthusiasm and positive coaching to a riders of all ages and abilities at dozens of barns, farms, and training facilities.

“From Portland to Princeton to Philadelphia and Providence, and from San Francisco to Seattle to Steamboat Springs and Spokane, it was a pleasure teaching all the wonderful riders, trainers, and auditors who participated in my 2013 Summer Clinic Tour,” says Daniel. “I want to send a special thanks to all the organizers who set-up my many clinics. Without your hard work the riders wouldn’t have had the opportunity to participate in this tour. Lastly, I want to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome in your barns and at your pony clubs. I hope you all had as much fun learning from me as I had teaching you!”

Here’s a sum up of Daniel’s Summer Clinic Tour… by the numbers:

2 Months

 

50 Clinics

 

42 Cities

 

18 States

 

630 Horses & Riders

 

1,100 Auditors

 

0 days of rain (!)

 

7 days over 100 degrees

 

4 sunburns

 

Wore out 2 pairs of boots

 

Earned a trillion frequent flyer miles

 

Donated over $4,000 to the United States Pony Club!

(Daniel pledged to donate a portion of all his 2013 clinic fees to the USPC.)

You can preorder Daniel's new book at www.HorseandRiderBooks.com!

You can preorder Daniel’s new book at http://www.HorseandRiderBooks.com!

Even if you missed Daniel on tour this summer, you can still jump-start your confidence, your cool, and your general riding performance so you can “do what you love and love what you do” with the help of Daniel’s forthcoming book PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING. Within its fun, invigorating, highly illustrated pages, Daniel shares dozens of specific tools and tricks that can be used to manage the stress, nerves, distraction, anxiety, and panic that so often hinder performance. And he does it as only Daniel can—with humor, candor, and honesty so we not only believe in him, we learn to believe in ourselves.

You can preorder PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING by Daniel Stewart at the TSB online bookstore now!

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TSB Author Daniel Stewart Kicks Off 50-Clinic Tour with a Stop in Alpharetta, Georgia

TSB author Daniel Stewart hits 50 tour stops across the country this summer!

TSB author Daniel Stewart hits 50 tour stops across the country this summer!

TSB author Daniel Stewart has been a successful international trainer and instructor for over 25 years, training riders in the United States, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Greece, and the West Indies, and coaching riders on several US Equestrian Teams to success at World Championships, World Equestrian Games, and the Olympics.

Daniel is widely considered one of the world’s leading experts on equestrian sport psychology, biomechanics, and athletics. He teaches clinics and seminars to thousands of riders each year, and this year is broadening his reach further with an amazing 50-CLINIC SUMMER TOUR that will weave its way back and forth across the country, beginning this weekend (June 1) and ending in mid-August.

“I’m thrilled that my sold-out ‘Pressure Proof’ summer clinic tour is finally here!” said Daniel when we spoke to him earlier this week. “I’m scheduled to teach 50 clinics in 60 days—from the West Coast to Colorado and from the Northwest to the Northeast. I’m looking forward to each and every clinic and can’t wait to help everyone become more confident, focused and Pressure Proof!”

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We at TSB are excited about the success of the summer clinic tour, as it is leading up to the release of Daniel’s highly anticipated new book PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING, due out in September 2013.

“I truly believe, regardless of your understanding of sports psychology, PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING is an essential read,” says Kevin Price, CEO of US Pony Club.

“Daniel’s enthusiasm is infectious,” agrees Leslie Threlkeld, editor of Eventing USA. “His attitude toward emotional challenges makes having nerves and insecurities seem so normal—and so manageable.”

In PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING Daniel explains that while riders love to do what they do, this love is sometimes lost in the panic of showing and performing. He then walks the rider through specific tools and tricks to manage and overcome stress, fear, and anxiety, and how to embrace and enjoy every minute of performing with our equine partners.

It’s not too late to see Daniel in action, too! Check out the list of summer tour dates (see below) and see if there’s one near you.

“A big thanks to everyone hosting one of my ‘Pressure Proof’ clinics this summer!” says Daniel. “I’ve pledged to donate a portion of my summer clinic fees to the US Pony Club, and thanks to all those I’ll be seeing this summer, I’ll be able to donate over $4,000 to this wonderful organization!”

If you’d like to audit or ride in one of Daniel Stewart’s clinics on his summer tour, please contact the email address following each date for more information:

 

Daniel is known world-over as an enthusiastic, energetic, fun-loving speaker with great knowledge, innovative ideas, and an honest desire to help riders love what they do---ride!

Daniel is known world-over as an enthusiastic, energetic, fun-loving speaker with great knowledge, innovative ideas, and an honest desire to help riders love what they do—ride!

Alpharetta GA

June 1 – 2

inyourdreamsfarm@yahoo.com

Davis CA

June 18

amdennie@sbcglobal.net

Sacramento CA

June 19

jen@solusns.com

Grass Valley CA

June 20

dressagerocks@gmail.com

Nipomo CA

June 22

marclyfarms@yahoo.com

Gilroy CA

June 23

brucette123@aol.com

Portola Valley CA

June 25

Private Clinic

Eureka CA

June 26 – 28

anyat2@suddenlink.net

Bend OR

June 29 – 30

Private Clinic

Beaverton OR

July 1 – 2

tracimwheeler@mac.com

Olympia WA

July 9

speters1669@gmail.com

Tacoma WA

July 10

dcloe@msn.com

Spokane WA

July 12 – 14

reginaahern@gmail.com

Deary ID

July 15 – 16

kswpharm@gmail.com

Missoula MT

July 17 – 18

reddishhm@yahoo.com

Nathrop CO

July 22 – 23

eoco@realwest.com

Carbondale CO

July 24 – 26

staceysevers@gmail.com

Steamboat Springs CO

July 27 – 28

athenadesigns@msn.com

Cheyenne WY

July 29

horsemom3@gmail.com

University of New Hampshire

July 31

latherton08@yahoo.com

Warner NH

Aug 1 – 2

cathf28@aol.com

Shaftsbury VT

Aug 3

nnash182@gmail.com

Simsbury CT

Aug 4 – 5

horseluve@cox.net

Bristol CT

Aug 4 – 5

mrkost@sbcglobal.net

Providence RI

Aug 7

kkiley@cox.net

Princeton NJ

Aug 9 – 10

alexis_tm17@yahoo.com

Warwick NY

Aug 11

jenpasquale@optonline.net

Elkton MD

Aug 12

clarinda.gerow@gmail.com

Coopersburg PA

Aug 13 – 14

carlyextra@aol.com

Pittstown NJ

Aug 15 – 16

paige@avhpc.org

You can preorder PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING from the TSB online bookstore. Books ship September 1, 2013.

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TSB Author and Riding Psychology Coach Daniel Stewart Sells Out His Spring Clinic Tour

TSB author Coach Daniel Stewart is working on a new book for release in early 2013.

A lesson with Daniel Stewart is more fun than you may have ever had on horseback. His intense “Psych Clinics” are formatted to get you focused and prepared to deal with any riding situation, from exterior distractions to those interior feelings of fear and doubt that creep up and get the better of most riders, regardless of age and experience. But not only can Coach Stewart teach you the skills you need to master your seat and your mind while in the saddle, he can do it all with the remarkable enthusiasm and sense of humor that has made him a hit instructor on several continents.

The word is getting out—Coach Stewart’s Spring 2012 Tour is already sold out. He promises to add more tour dates through the summer and fall, so be sure to watch the TSB blog and http://www.stewartclinics.com for a location near you! And, we’ll have a brand new book from Coach Stewart in the months ahead. Sign up to receive the TSB blog via email, or friend us on Facebook, and you’ll be the first to know the details, including release dates and special pre-order sale prices.

COACH DANIEL STEWART 2012 CLINIC SCHEDULE

February 3 / 4 – Denver CO

February 11 / 12 – Memphis TN

February 18 / 19 – Murray KY

February 25 / 26 – Venice FL

March 3 / 4 – Detroit MI

March 10 / 11 – Athens OH

March 24 / 25 – Princeton NJ

March 31 / 1 – Colorado Horse Park, Parker CO

April 13 / 14 – Grass Valley CA

April 15 – Oakland Area CA

May 5 / 6 – Austin TX

May 12 – Providence RI

May 19 / 20 – Ocala FL

July 7 / 8 – Skillman NJ

July 26 / 28 – Steamboat Springs CO

September 22 / 23 – Dayton OH