When you're ready to grow in a particular area, realize that first you need to change your subconscious picture of yourself. It's actually much easier and more efficient to simply adjust your comfort zone rather than to try harder in order to change your behavior. You need to expand your comfort zone first, before you change your behavior and in order to expand your comfort zone in a particular area you must change your self-image in that area.
When hundredths-of-a-second can make you or break you, every positive mental pick-me-up you can get from your coaches, sponsors, friends, family and fans can make a difference. It all starts with your own thinking, your own daydreaming, and your own self-talk.
Our self-talk is the one thing we do have control over. By learning how to control your self-talk, a fascinating phenomenon called visualization begins to take place. And just as one rider told me on numerous occasions, no matter the location – an airplane, the alley way, a hotel room, at home with the family – she is constantly visualizing perfect runs, perfect turns, and incredibly strong resilient bounce backs from the inevitable defeats.
I want you to try your best to be aware of your self-talk. Listen to what you're saying to yourself in different circumstances, and listen carefully. I'm not talking about what you're saying out loud as much has what you're thinking about all the time.
Tackling Terminology Cowgirl Hall of Famer Sharon Camarillo sheds light on a few often-used terms in the barrel racing world. By Abigail Boatwright/Barrel Horse News Barrel racing has its own lingo. Even if you’ve been in the sport for a while, some terms might carry a bit of confusion. The legendary four-time National Finals Rodeo competitor Sharon Camarillo has dedicated her life to educating barrel racers. She sad down with Barrel Horse News to explain a few words often heard in the barrel racing community. The 4D System. Developed by the National Barrel Horse Association, the divisional system is a...