Self confidence in skiing is the hardest part of skiing. It’s much more difficult than all those issues of technique. I’ll make this the first part of a multi-part post – which is my way of saying I’m not sure what it will stretch to!
First of all it’s to do with controlling positive feedback loops. Here’s one describing cattle stampedes. Once a critical number of cattle start running – no specific threat is required – it sets up a panic in some others. That sets them running and the increased number raises the panic level, and it just keeps self-reinforcing. It also applies to human ones – why everyone runs for the same exit door – no one stops to observe and think.
Each of these reinforces the other, over and over again
Above all, the good news is that regarding your own skiing you can work on this topic l-o-n-g before you head for the slopes. In fact it works best when you are safe at home.
In my book I differentiate between ‘external’ and ‘internally generated’ stressors. Continue reading →
Skiing-with-confidence makes all the difference between enjoying it, and not doing. But the kind of thing in the picture, just doesn’t work. There is no point in someone, or ourselves telling us to “Be Confident”. If it were that easy it would not even be a topic, never mind one as important as it is. You might just as well say “Be Taller!”
This kind of thing doesn’t work – just saying “Be Confident”. But there is much you CAN do to get there.
This “just be confident” admonition is a something-for-nothing policy. Like most attempted short cuts it saves time in getting you to somewhere that isn’t worth going in the first place.
To ski-with-confidence is a process, not an event. You generate it internally and it does not automatically happen. Like so much else, to be any good you have to work at it.