Confidence building skiing courses are pretty much what I do.
David Swedlow demonstrating confidence
Many of the ideas from which my approach developed came from The Mental Game Plan co-authored by Chris Shambrook Ph.D.
One of the key limitations to making progress is impatience. It is too easy to fall into the trap of not taking the longer view. You can help yourself enormously if you take a step back and look at your progress from a wider perspective.
I wrote a self-coaching “white paper” in 2006 on the topic of skiing courses, and how to approach them to help build confidence- I think you will enjoy it; find it here
Many pupils say things like “I ought to be able to do this by now” or “I ought to be better”. That is nonsense, there is no reason at all why any of us should be any better at anything than we currently are. Our life history has led us to this point.
There is no such thing as failure – you just keep going. And all that matters is first of all to enjoy the process – that’s much more important than the outcomes. And then to do what you can to change what you’ve got.
The effect of impatience
My strong belief is that any confidence building skiing courses worth their salt should emphasise the process, and not the outcomes. If you focus on outcomes you may well miss the enjoyment of the learning process.
Years ago I used to teach children skiing for a company that took parties of school kids to the Alps for a week. At the end of the week the children got a badge. Unfortunately they all knew this, so their prime concern on day 1 was “What badge will I get? Will it be 1 star, 2 stars, ..4 stars?”
This ruined the week for a lot of them. They scarcely noticed each day’s skiing, fixated as they were on badges and being compared to others. So all week was spoiled, then at the end they either got the badge they hoped for – in which case spoiling the week was pointless; or they didn’t – which doubled up on the grief!
Never mind the final outcome – enjoy the process, you’ll get more out of it.
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