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 →
Ski In Control is the name of my new book at last published through and available from Amazon, or directly from me. Paperback £12.95 postage paid, or Kindle Edition £8.99
Tom Stiansen, World Slalom Champion says “This is a great book specially for recreational skiers. It’s a good tool for them”.
Front cover of Bob’s new booki
Ski In Control has helped the very large percentage of the hundreds of skiers I have coached to develop real confidence. They had all given up on ski schools very early on in their skiing experience because it got them nowhere.
I wrote Ski In Control specifically for recreational skiers – folk who have largely got fed up with ski schools. In it I explain why that happens. I show you why once you can “sort of” do it ski schools generally inhibit your progress. Folk then tend to blame themselves for not getting better, when in fact they are not the reason. In truth virtually everybody has the capacity to become an expert skier. That applies irrespective of your age, your gender, or your experience.
Don’t give up. There’s no need to. You genuinely have the potential.
Two folk recently wrote to me to say “If it hadn’t been for you Bob I would have given up”. There’s no need to give up or despair, read on …
Goal setting is not simply setting “targets”. Done skilfully it will help you get where you want to go. Very few people outside of professional sports folk understand “goal-setting”.
Standing at the Crossroads every highway looks the same.
We are programmed from childhood to think of goals as “targets”. Quantified amounts of something that we have to achieve, but which are usually set by someone else. Later in life it’s the school exams, or the University, and then the Boss at work. “Here’s your target, make sure you hit it”.
Most of my skiing pupils come to me initially with this general idea, although of course it’s tacit rather then precisely expressed. Almost none know about goal setting and what it can bring them when done well. But all is not lost, read on below the fold …. 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.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, philosopher and statesman. Born at Cordoba c. 4 BC.
Ski learning may not at first seem closely related to Roman philosophy. The same is not true in reverse because philosophy is a part of everything in life. Seneca had some very powerful and useful things to say about ski learning. Take them to heart and you will be happier. Continue reading →
How would it be, for you, if you had more of it just when you needed it?
Your level of self confidence is not dictated by outside circumstances. You are not an “empty vessel” subject only to external influences. If you don’t have as much self confidence as you would like to have, you have it within your power to have more.
There are several powerful and simple techniques which top sportsmen and women use, as a matter of course, to help them maintain a high level of self confidence in the face of challenges, and set backs.
If, on occasion, your performance is less than you would have wished, (who’s isn’t?) then at least one of the possible contributory factors to that may have been a lack of a high level of self confidence. Is it really possible to help yourself to have more? Continue reading →