Positive emotions create positive motions and one sure way to create them is to ask ourselves leading-questions that provide positive and productive answers. For example, “What can I do to ride well today” can be answered by “Keep my eyes up, balance my transitions and stay focused”. Without these answers we might forget what’s important but with them we form a plan of action. Here are a few helpful hints when it comes to creating great question suggestions:
WHAT questions are better than WHAT IF questions. “What must I do to jump clean today?” is more productive than “WHAT IF I pull rails?”
HOW questions are better than WHY questions. “How can I relax between classes?” is more productive than “Why do I get so tense?”
Identify a challenge and ask yourself how to overcome it like “How can I finish strong after a slow start?” then come up with a few answers.
When feeling frustrated or pressured ask the question, “What do I love most about riding”. Your answers will help put you back on track.
If you mistakenly ask a negative question learn to answer it in a positive way. For example “Why do I always do this!” can be answered in a negative way with “Because I’m not as good as everyone else” or in a positive way with “Because I love challenges that make me stronger!”
There are only two rules when it comes to questions suggestion. Obviously the first is to answer all questions in a positive way so that they can help create a plan of action. Secondly, we must avoid answering our questions with “I don’t know” because if we think hard enough we can always find an answer. It’s there, we just need to believe in ourselves and be willing to work hard to get it.
Question suggestions encourages our minds to find positive and productive answers to our most important questions and proves that the questions we ask ourselves are just as important as the answers to them.
www.stewartclinics.com “Coach Stewart has been a long time supporter of the US Pony Clubs.” The above tips are preprinted from Daniel Stewart’s Ride Right March 2012 Newsletter.