It is widely known that visualization is a key mental skills tool. That’s because we tend to get what we think about.
I bet you’ve heard this a lot.
However, sometimes riders tell me they feel frustrated, “I’m so disappointed. My rides don’t turn out the way I see them in my mind. What’s the point? Now, what?”
Perhaps you don’t know a secret about visualizing.
Let me explain.
The role of visualization is not to ensure that everything turns out exactly as you imagine it (although it might!).
The role of consistently seeing and feeling the good that we so desire in our riding is to provide a consistent exercise for moving toward our dreams.
No one can control outcomes. And no one can control the exact road they will travel in pursuit of skills and excellence.
So here’s the secret. The role of visualization is not to control outcomes. It’s to give you a disciplined and consistent routine during which you see and believe in possibilities.
Consistently seeing awesomeness with your horse in your mind is your job.
The job of life (or God, or the Universe) is to determine how that unfolds.
Your job is to keep feeling it and seeing what you love about riding … and know that what you so love will come to pass in some form.
Your job is also to take action. Go to a trainer, or study, etc. BUT, you don’t have to figure out EXACTLY how it will all unfold.
Will the results be the exact expression of what you dream about/see inyour mind?
Maybe … but probably not.
Who knows? They might be better!
People and opportunities might come out of the woodwork when you least expect it to take you to great outcomes beyond what you can imagine.
So, keep visualizing. Trust the process.
Give gratitude for all you do have now.
Turn over the need to figure out and control exactly how it will all happen. Those things are not your job.
Your job is to believe and love your own unique adventure with your horse … frustrations and all … and take the actions that ring true to you.
Be patient. Great things are coming … and … when you look around, so many are already here.