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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.

PRESSUREPROOF here

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 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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