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Rider Psychology

A Rider’s Guide to Killer Confidence in the Ring

When confidence is approached as a feeling, the way to change seems to be through willpower. You tell yourself to feel better, to buck up, to believe.

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By: April Clay |

Roll up your sleeves: here are seven steps to possessing killer confidence. 1. Understand this: Confidence is more than a feeling When confidence is approached as a feeling, the way to change seems to be through willpower. You tell yourself to feel better, to buck up, to believe. It just doesn’t work. Your confidence is a set of beliefs you possess about your abilities; it is knowledge gained through experience. The feeling good part is simply a by-product of this new knowledge. Ask yourself what experiences you need to create for yourself in order to become a skilled rider. What kind of goals are you reaching for? Don’t get too hung up on feeling good; figure out ways to be good. Confidence is not a feeling, it is a “knowing” and the good news is you can grow your knowing! 2. Get ready for waves Confidence is naturally variable. Confidence…

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