Dr. Kathy Korell-Rach explains how to avoid hitting barrels by channeling positive thoughts to become a mentally stronger competitor and successfully conquer your weaknesses.
We talked to the winning riders from the Sherry Cervi West Coast Youth Championships and the All American Youth Barrel Race, and they shared their advice on achieving success. Read all about their winning runs in the August issue of Barrel Horse News.
By Kathy Korell-Rach, Ph.D.
Anyone smart competitor recognizes that they have certain strengths and weaknesses. While it appears to be common sense to target problem areas so we can minimize their impact, many do not do this effectively. Often, we devote a great deal of attention to our problem areas, particularly if we are experiencing a slump. Of course, we do this in order to get rid of the glitch that is keeping us away from the pay window. However, getting stuck in a pattern of focusing primarily on weaknesses will likely have a negative impact on our actual performances.