“What Does That Mean?”

When I use the term “Personal Performance,” I am referring to the skill set
within that gives you the tools to achieve your dreams. One person may want to overcome the fear of getting on a horse after a horrific accident. Another rider might dream of a world title.

Each desire is equally important. It is “personal.” It is what you want ….. so much so that you get super excited even thinking about that ride. That’s how you know if you have hit the PERSONAL part of the equation.

“Performance” is the going for it, the “doing” part. How you think and how you feel prior to, during, and after your ride have EVERYTHING to do with the results at the moment and in the future.

Enthusiasm and calmness can blend into an experience of confidence for you. You can achieve the results you desire.

The secret is to enjoy the journey as you learn very specific mental, emotional, and physical skills.

Now you are on your way to your best “Personal Performance.”

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3 Comments on “What Does That Mean?”

  1. Diane Winzeler Kovach on Thu, 15th Jul 2010 7:17 pm
  2. Barbara,

    I wanted to thank you for the wonderful tools you have given me to use during competition. I’m a Rookie Reiner and in my second year with my little home grown mare. I have had some success but in the past, frequently let my nerves and my fear stop me from having consistent rides.

    A month or so ago a good friend of mine gave me a copy of your Mentally Tough Riding training course along with a cassette called Love the Battle. I started through the course and listed to the tape. I got it! It worked! It wasn’t my focus that was lacking it was the ability to control my emotions. My riding began to improve by leaps and bounds.

    Then to the cherry on top. Last weekend I went to a local affiliate show and won my class the first day with a great score. The second day things starting going wrong. My pre-ride routine was disturbed and shortened. I became very irritated and felt a very bad mood coming over me. Many negative thoughts started to arise in my mind and doubts of a good performance were strong. I knew that I need to change how I felt or I wasn’t going to have a good ride so I started going through my checklist for IPS. I played a great song in my head, I reminded myself how much fun showing is and that I love the challenge of making it happen. I made myself smile and put on my competitive face. By the time I made it to the show pen I did actually feel good, confident and ready to show. I won the class.

    My goal is to win the NRHA Rookie of the Year this year. I feel you have given me the piece of the puzzle that was missing in my riding and the final tools necessary to make it happen.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


    Diane Winzeler Kovach
    Ione, CA

  3. Laurie on Tue, 9th Jul 2013 1:10 pm
  4. When people refer to your “Mentally Tough” training program exactly which cd(s) are they referring to?

  5. Barbra Schulte on Tue, 9th Jul 2013 1:31 pm
  6. Hi,Laurie,

    I think that anyone who refers to my “Mentally Tough” Training program have been with me for a long time! I originally did a course that is no longer available titled, “Mentally Tough Riding.” However, the materials available now that mirror that course would be the Ride With Confidence product (an audio, transcript and can be purchased either digitally only or hardcopy CD that also includes a digital component.) Other products that you may like are “The Gift,” a book I wrote that also has a workbook. The Gift has lots of real life examples that express how to utilize the mental and emotional training concepts. Another one that I like is “Mental Makeover,” because it incorporates a number of principles and a way to incorporate them into your daily life. Last but not least (-: is “Rider Renewal” which is 30 days of emails full of concepts and inspiration. I have had great feedback about this one and it’s one I really love. I hope that helps. I would start with Ride With Confidence and go from there. If you like to read … The Gift. If you want to expand Ride With Confidence go to Mental Makeover next. If you are the kind of person who enjoys daily inspirational pieces, I would def do Rider Renewal. Also, if you sign up for my newsletter, you will get free info twice monthly and be informed of new trainings I do. All the best, Laurie. Thank you for writing to me. Barb

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