Shift Your Thinking, Shape Your Reality

inspired riding Jul 27, 2021

Beliefs.

The fabric of reality can have infinite possibilities, depending on what you believe. I’ve
learned that your thoughts, combined with your emotions, can help shape your reality. If you don’t believe this, it’s useful to do your own experiments. Our thoughts, especially our self-talk, have a tremendous influence on how we ride.

Here are some ways to shift your thinking, to honor the process of learning to ride.

If you say, “I’m terrible at getting a canter transition. I always get too tense and rush.”
Say instead, “I’m learning to wait for the right moment to canter. I am open to improving this transition and will do my best to Allow for it to feel better.”
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If you say, “I have such a hard time with my balance. I can’t get my legs to stay steady.”
Say instead, “I am improving my balance in each moment. I am open to feeling steadier.”
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If you say, “I’m nowhere near where I want to be with my riding. I feel like a failure.”
Say instead, “Every time I ride, it is a privilege. I will focus on the smallest improvements. I am open to learning how to get better and better, every day, in every way.”
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If you say, “My horse is being naughty. I can’t seem to get the response I want.”
Say instead, “What can I do to help my horse in this moment? I am open to being clear and confident with my cues. I am ready for solutions.”
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Hopefully, you’re getting the idea here. Become open to the possibilities that things can get better!

Riding horses is probably one of the most challenging sports out there.

If you begin with an open mind and heart, give yourself the benefit of the doubt that
mistakes will happen, and be easy with yourself when they do, you are setting yourself up for success!

If you find yourself speaking badly about yourself or anything else around you, take a step back and look for anything to appreciate.

When you focus on gratitude, your belief system can shift. Isn’t it just amazing that you are alive in this moment, reading this guide?

I think it’s absolutely incredible! Thank you for being here!

May the horse be with you. Always. 💕🐎

~Beth Lauren Parrish

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