Find kth smallest element in a binary search tree in Optimum way

I need to find the kth smallest element in the binary search tree without using any static/global variable. How to achieve it efficiently?
The solution that I have in my mind is doing the operation in O(n), the worst case since I am planning to do an inorder traversal of the entire tree. But deep down I feel that I am not using the BST property here. Is my assumptive solution correct or is there a better one available ?

Find kth smallest element in a binary search tree in Optimum way