Author Archives: Karl Avdek
Author Archives: Karl Avdek
You are on your horse in any environment; showing, trail riding, working out in the ring and your lack of confidence in riding is making you feel frustrated and confused. It’s even got you thinking about quitting. You’re not riding or showing well … In fact you haven’t been riding or showing well for a […]Read More..
For some athletes success comes naturally. Hahahahahaha!!! Cough!!! Sputter!!! Hack!!! Snort!!! Hahahahaha!!! OmiGod, I can’t stop laughing!!! NOT!!! […]Read More..
Control and Use Anger in Performance Are you failing in your performance because of anger? Painful, isn’t it? Not to mention embarassing. You make a mistake of some sort at some point during a game. Usually it is not the first mistake and sometimes it’s not your own mistake. It’s a teammate’s mistake or the […]Read More..
Professional athletes list self confidence as the single most important element in successful competition and consistent high level performance. Professional athletes believe that confidence is in fact, more important than talent or hard work. Confidence is not just important in athletics. It’s important in our daily lives because life itself is oftentimes about competition. It […]Read More..
They are called “batting practice hitters” in baseball and there are other names in other sports for players who do EXTREMELY WELL in practice and then lose their “A” game … in the game; in competition. Are you one of those guys or girls? They hit “bomb/missles/ropes” during batting practice and then … Uh, oh […]Read More..
Are you nervous when you enter the ring for a horse show or competitive event of any kind? Are you suffering from horse show performance anxiety? Are you afraid of failing? Afraid of being “embarrassed?” Well, I feel your pain. What’s the phrase? “Been there. Done that.” How about embarrassment? Forget the jitters and nervousness. […]Read More..
Are you “playing scared? Are you afraid of making mistakes; striking out, striking out with the game on the line, giving up the winning run? Are you afraid of getting benched or cut or worse; afraid of making the team and not playing. Are you afraid of the coach? Afraid of what your teammates think? […]Read More..
Most people involved with horses are deeply in love with the animals, the lifestyle, and passionate about their sport. And yet are you being robbed of your joy by some form of negative interference? Are you struggling with fear? Perhaps you have had a bad experience such as a fall; an accident, or simply an […]Read More..
Is your game suffering because you are you struggling with fear, focus and concentration, negative “voices” chattering in your head, fear of injury, control of your feelings, and any number of emotional issues interfering with your confidence. The key to consistent top performance in sport or any endeavor is confidence. Or is it? Can you […]Read More..
It is maddening. You perform well. Sometimes you perform brilliantly but NOT on a consistent basis. You become distracted. Your emotions rise and fall. You make a single mistake; you feel like a failure and now you’re really distracted. Now you are thinking about all the negatives. Your mind whispers, “don’t screw up” when what […]Read More..