In the competitive corporate world we live in, feeling a lapse of confidence is both natural and far more common than most of us realize. A study in the International Journal of Behavioral Science suggests that 70% of us are often plagued by a lack of confidence in the workplace. While you may not have thought about it before, horses can help improve your confidence. Here are four ways you can enhance your workplace persona with horse-assisted coaching.
But first – what is horse-assisted coaching? It’s a type of coaching that brings clients and horses together into a zone of zero judgment and promotes mental and social health through interaction.
Horse-assisted coaching can make you a better communicator
Horse-assisted assisted coaching has been proven to help clients intimately understand the gravity of their actions and behavior. Horses are non-predatory herd animals. Once you connect with and are accepted into the herd, a horse will treat you like a member. Horses can teach humans a lot about communications through body language. Becoming a better communicator through horse-assisted coaching will help improve your interactions in the workplace. Ace your next work presentation with a few sessions of horse-assisted coaching.
Horse-assisted coaching can help you cope with your shadow self
Our shadow self is the mask we may hide behind in challenging situations. The shadow is that part of us we fail to see or know. According to Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, our shadow self is where we store our fears, embarrassments, and weaknesses. This also refers to what is commonly considered imposter syndrome – a difficulty in accepting and acknowledging one’s accomplishments. Robert Bly, the poet, suggests thinking of your shadow as a bag. When we were one or two years old we were a whole being. We were a ball of energy. Then one day we noticed that our parents didn’t like certain parts of that ball. They said things like: “Can’t you be still?” Or “big boys/girls don’t cry.” Behind us we have the invisible bag, and the part of us our parents don’t like, we, to keep our parents’ love, put in the bag. By the time we go to school our bag is quite large. Then our teachers have their say: “Good children don’t get angry over such little things.” So we take our anger and put it in the bag. By the time we are adults we have put so many things we are embarrassed or ashamed about in the bag – things we don’t want other people to see or know. But there are gold-nuggets in the shadow too and horse-assisted coaching can help unearth those.
Horse-assisted coaching can help you improve your posture
Horses have an influence on people, which is why they’ve been therapy animals for decades. They have a fascinating way of mirroring your intent and emotions back to you. While they may not be able to conventionally communicate like we do, they can brilliantly decode the silent messages we unknowingly emanate with our body language. Their talent for communication, coupled with their naturally large and majestic frame, makes horse-assisted coaching ideal for developing confidence.
Horse-assisted coaching can help you become a better team player
As we mentioned earlier in the article, horses are herd animals. They naturally know how to work together as a team, and can teach you their secrets. Horses are highly social and energetic creatures that are brimming with enthusiasm and compassion. They like to have a good time, which ensures every horse-assisted coaching session is enjoyable for everyone involved. By learning how to interact smartly and communicate clearly, your performance at the office is guaranteed to soar. Instead of tirelessly working towards a goal by yourself, learn to be a team player and reach your goals through healthy collaboration. Being a reliable team player is a major KPI at most companies.