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7 Tips for Abandoning Perfection

I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard riders proclaim proudly: “I am a perfectionist!” And why not? Aren’t perfectionists hard working, go-getting, winning personalities? Yes and no. Yes, they are incredibly hard-working, but not always winning. The trick is to keep the good stuff about being driven and temper the qualities that can lead to dead ends. The perfection loop You begin with setting very high goals; you want to excel in your riding and believe you can only do this by expecting the best. But in your case ‘best’ becomes perfection, which is not a high goal, it’s an impossible one. Next you begin to feel the effects of spending so much time feeling like you are missing the mark. You feel demoralized and under pressure. This combination may begin to affect your behaviour; you may give up easily or even begin to avoid training.…

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