The comfort zone is comfortable and risk-free.
In that zone, we can be playing it safe and do the things that we find easy to do.
And the comfort zone has its place in our training sessions, because - as always - there's a time and place for everything.
But here's the thing:
Just outside our comfort zone, that's where the learning takes place.
In the stretch zone, that's where the magic happens. Read More..
The difference in riders...
The difference in performance...
The difference in the final result...
... that usually doesn’t depend upon skill or talent!
Skill or talent doesn’t make one rider better than the other!
I’ve seen it over and over again, that a rider with unbelievable innate talent and skill get wiped out by a rider who clearly had less talent and skill!
That’s because it depends on our ability to optimize and to maximize:
One of the questions people ask me is:
"What separates a very successful STudent from a non-successful STudent?"
Of course, it's about the ice they have below the sea level, so that's:
- Hard work
But there's another thing people don't talk about…
And I consider this to be the two "Magic Powers" that fuel success when doing Straightness Training (ST).
Here’s the first one:
In my previous post, we were talking about responsibility.
Now you might be thinking:
"My responsibility: where does it begin and where does it end?"
Your horse is 40 km away.
Are you responsible for your horse?
Now of course, you cannot do something physically seen.
But only because you are responsible for your horse, you feel it's your horse.
The moment you are not responsible, the feeling that your horse belongs to you has gone.
When we are a 'response-able' rider, we respond optimally to the situation around us.
We make the choices to respond to events appropriately rather than complain about it.
Being 'response-able' is about adapting to the situation, events, challenges with our horse, and to life in general.
Now in day-to-day life, in social and semantic context, we're using the word responsibility to express:
• "Who did it?"
• "Who's to blame?"
But in Straightness Training (ST) - when we use the word responsibility - we're talking about the response-ability which means the ability to respond.