LIVE LIFE IN THIS MOMENT
FINDING YOUR BEST SELF AND PATHWAY TO SUCCESS
Do you have a passion for all things equestrian but need help navigating your blocks to pursuing your passion and the goals you have set for yourself?
Do you have the spirit of an entrepreneur but want help achieving your desired business results?
Begin your journey today with The Mindful Equestrian!
CREATING YOUR PATH TO CHANGE
WHERE ARE YOU NOW AND WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE?
What is coaching? A coaching relationship can be a powerful experience, involving the development of new possibilities, new levels of achievement and personal growth. The coaching relationship between the coach and the client is founded upon mutual trust and respect. The central focus of the coaching relationship is the well-being of the client.
Fundamental to a successful coaching experience is learning. The coach supports the client in reaching the desired outcome of the client through guided questioning. The coach supports the client in exploring new ways to view: situations, individuals, possibilities, and in developing new approaches, plans, strategies and actions. It is the client’s responsibility to take actions and achieve their goals.
In order to improve your life you need to not be afraid to change old habits and situations. But you should do them after good, mindful reflection on what you are doing and why. Keep looking to learn and discover new ways and find out what works the best for you and your life. Don’t be afraid to try a different path. Don’t be afraid to try new things even if they don’t work. If something doesn’t work try something new until you find what does work. Stay positive in everything you do and don’t leave a trail of negativity behind you. Maintain your integrity. Don’t let the tough times make you run and hide. It is okay to sit for a while and lick your wounds but then it is time to move forward and get on with things. Learn from the tough times and failures and grow. Change is a wonderful thing! You will be rewarded for your efforts! I would be honored to support you on your path to change!
MY COACHING MODEL AND METHODS
“GRIT” Coaching Model
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose”- Dr. Seuss
The “Grit” coaching model empowers, you, the client to find your own strengths to follow down the path that is authentic to you. As your coach I will support you in the search for that path, in your discovery of the tools needed to help you travel towards your destination and in your exploration on how to turn roadblocks into opportunities of growth and change. Using the scientific research of neuroplasticity (we can rewire our brain and replace old thought patterns and beliefs with new, more positive ones) and the development of a mindfulness practice I will help you create the change you desire in your life.
This is the time when you will find tools to help you stay in the moment and present in your own body and self. You will begin to disconnect with issues of the past and stop worrying and fantasizing about the future. This will help you become more self-aware and gain greater clarity about what it is you truly want and need in your life. With a growing mindfulness you will be able to relax more and reflect and explore the limitless possibilities of your life. As your coach I will support you in your discovery of the best ways you can become grounded and present as each client is unique.
Once grounded you will be better able to reflect on the strengths you already have to help you on your journey. You will also better be able to know what path to take and what you will need along the way. You may still see roadblocks ahead, but at this point those will be ignored so you can best envision the destination that is authentic to only you. What you will eventually do with these roadblocks, once you see your destination, is take note as to how and why you get stuck and what old habits you need to leave behind. Then you will know what new strengths you need to develop and grow. As your coach I will challenge you with questions to help you go deeper inward as you reflect and discover what it is you want and need.
This is when you will do the research and work needed to help you attain your goals. You will build on your old strengths and begin to change the habits and thoughts that block the pathway to your success. You will begin to create new thought patterns using a positive, growth mindset. This is the hardest step as you will have to give up old patterns and face whatever fears you may have. Grit and perseverance will be necessary as it will take work. There will be failures and lessons to be learned from those failures. But if you do the work you will be rewarded with an authentic life. My support will come from my presence and guidance as you begin your discoveries and make your changes.
After all of your hard work you will notice that you will have new beliefs in the power of your abilities and a willingness to face your fears and take chances. You will better understand the direction you want to travel. Failure will not be so daunting to you because you will see your failures as opportunities for growth and learning. You will still have struggles along the way, but your new habits and beliefs will serve you well. You will be better able to face life’s struggles, be with them in the present and work through them instead of running from them. You will be following the life path that is unique to you. As your coach I will celebrate with you your successes and support you whenever needed.
“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way! Dr. Seuss
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
I remember telling Lisa that “I thought I was doing pretty well for an old lady beginner.” Her comment was “keep your cup half full.” Her comment really perplexed me as I thought I was being positive about my progress. It finally dawned on me that my comment was passive aggressive…cup half empty. This was a turning point. No need to compare myself to others. I needed to stop making excuses about my (lack of) riding skills. I now focus more on what is getting better and on what I am actually learning. When something doesn’t go right I use it to learn from instead of put myself down. This results in less stress (mentally and physically) and a lot more fun as I learn to ride AND in everyday life. Concrete results- I see the progress in myself and my horse and continue to have a blast! On the days when things aren’t going well, or there is a frustration, feelings of doubt, I remind myself, cup half full which keeps me from falling into a funk of hopelessness and/or failure. I am more relaxed, less self-conscious, laugh more and am a much happier rider….person. Thanks Lisa!
I have had the pleasure of getting to know Lisa since 2013. Her mindful approach to teaching and life in general really hit home with me. She has acted as a mentor as I grow my business, Affinity Farm, Inc. Her guidance is always upbeat, concise, and inspiring. She has helped me to look at my life holistically and find areas where I need to focus and strengthen. Lisa has also conducted clinics for my students and IEA team. She teaches with patience, clarity, and directness. Students come away feeling inspired and challenged.
WHAT LIFE COACHING IS NOT
Coaching is not therapy, counseling or mentoring. Coaching is focused on your strengths not weakness and the future not the past. It is a commitment to forward thinking and forward actions.
There may be a time when past issues and blocks are not able to be addressed by coaching. If this happens I will be honest with you and refer you to a practitioner who is trained to help you with those blocks.
BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
I am an encore entrepreneur. After over 35 years in the equine industry as a hunter/jumper trainer with the last 18 being the head faculty member of Morrisville State College’s hunt seat equestrian program I decided to retire. That decision was not done lightly. It took me several years to get to the point of knowing what I wanted to do next, getting the education necessary and putting my financial life in place so I could take this next exciting step in my life. With the help of coaching I was able to get clarity around what I wanted and needed to do. Coaching made such an impact with me that I realized it was what I wanted to do.
Throughout the years I have had some major life upsets which made me look inside myself for the strength to move forward and the grit to make changes. Grit is a favorite word of mine. The quality of grit has allowed me to move forward in life no matter the circumstances and to embrace change. As your coach I will partner with you to find and use your grit to make the changes you want to make in your life.
My mindfulness practice has help me learn to stay in the moment and work on what is happening right now in my life. I have training in mindfulness stress reduction and I am continually researching and reading about mindfulness and the science of neuroplasticity. I support my clients with mindfulness tools and exercises to help them find their right path.
I received my CPC (Certified Professional Coach) education from The International Coach Academy (ICA) in 2016.
LATEST LIFE ARTICLES
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