Why Choosing Optimism is Worth It

This week it’s been cold, windy, and rainy, so I stayed inside and made a video for you to explain two benefits of choosing optimism over the doldrums!


Heh, it’s Barb, and I have a short message for you today, and it’s a very powerful one.

I have two reasons why being optimistic is beneficial for you personally and for your riding.

The first is that when we feel more highly charged positive emotions, like focus, confidence, fun, enthusiasm, joy, and optimism, as well as the more soothing, subdued, and lower energy emotions, like pausing, calmness, reflection, feeling grateful and being grounded, from a mental point of view, we see possibilities. We’re ready to go, or we’re planning our next moves.

It’s a creative and surely enjoyable place to be.

On the other hand, when we feel angry, frustrated, fearful, nervous, anxious, or start blaming, giving up, feeling overwhelmed, or fed up, we shut down possibilities for ourselves. It’s easy to get ‘stuck’ in rehashing why we feel that way without clear direction.

So when riding, part of our job is to see and feel our horse, so our mind, body, and emotions facilitate that – or not.

Now, this is not to say we need to be in a positive state all the time. Of course not! That would be impossible and certainly not part of our human experience. But we can be aware of how we feel and then do our best to make it to a more positive place – in our own time. It’s our choice.

The second point is when we are more optimistic, our body is also in a more optimum state. We are engaged and stimulated (but not overly,) our muscle tension is just right, we’re breathing, our eyes have a wild field of vision, etc., so again, we have the capability to ride at our full potential.

Choosing optimism is worth the investment of energy for our well-being and our riding.

What do you think? Be sure and leave a message for me.

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6 Comments on Why Choosing Optimism is Worth It

  1. Linda Clavel on Sun, 5th Feb 2023 2:41 pm
  2. I have a dear friend who taught me that when I was in a low place to say to myself over and over again to “Choose JOY” Until I believed it! For me, that works. 🙂

  3. Robyn Dale Kilmister-Martin on Sun, 5th Feb 2023 3:14 pm
  4. Thank you!!!

    Really needed to hear this today.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  5. Dr S Ray on Sun, 5th Feb 2023 5:13 pm
  6. Twenty five years later and you still have the ability to inspire individuals to maintain their focus, achieve goals, enjoy the ride of a lifetime either on horsback or pursuing other dreams. I encountered your inspiring words on 8 track tapes traveling down roads and continue today with podcasts that instill the importance of determination and a positive mental attitude.

  7. Carol MacGregor on Mon, 6th Feb 2023 12:38 am
  8. Thank you Barb, I did copy down the 4 quadrants with the characteristics of each. Such a good reminder of how practicing or learning to star on the left hand side is going to be much more helpful in our horse life and every day life as well. I sure appreciate your consistent input to our horse lives each Sunday. Thank you!!! 🙂

  9. Romana Davis on Mon, 6th Feb 2023 6:12 am
  10. thankyou Barb. A wonderful foundation and explanation which I could relate too. So when I experience the neg. emotions ,I can
    transform into the positive possibilities…….

  11. Andrea irving Irving on Thu, 9th Feb 2023 9:47 am
  12. Very helpful diagram and explanation. Thank you!

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