How to step out of your comfort zone and feel good about horses and riding. – For introverts and sceptics…

 

Here’s 4 Steps to Horse riding when it means leaving your comfort zone.

1. Your ‘zone of courage’ lies just outside your comfort zone. Take small steps and you can achieve things that seem impossible. You’ve got to start somewhere. There are many opportunities for successes and triumphs that are yours for the taking!

2. Beyond your zone of courage lies another zone: the zone of terror, which is overwhelming and a place you want to avoid. The key to busting through your limitations and blocks and riding horses with freedom and confidence, is finding that area between your comfort zone and your terror zone. It’s the sweet spot that allows you to move forward at a pace that allows you to grow but doesn’t paralyse you with fear. And that goes for any area of life, not just horses.

3. Moving out of your comfort zone is bound to make you feel a fearful and that’s a crucial part of the process.

You may find yourself in situations that make feel afraid. But moving forward and calmly accepting these are just challenges. Simply set new and higher bars for your goals and move into your zone of courage at the same time.

Understand that you have a strong natural instinct to protect yourself. Its how you deal with these instinctive feelings, they are extremely powerful.

4. Take it one step at a time.

You might think that sounds less than ambitious, but trust me, moving out of your comfort zone doesn’t happen all at once. With every ride and every scary situation, take time to evaluate where you are and plan where you want to go next. Then take your next step in your new direction.

That’s how you develop momentum and keep yourself moving on to greater challenges, that are further out of your comfort zone.

Hannahf

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