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!
In chapter 12 of my book Ski In Control:how to ski ANY piste anywhere in full control I expand a little on this issue. It is perfectly possible for you to keep all the stressor factors under your control. You can build your self confidence.
Positive feedback loops.
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
It is extremely difficult to do anything requiring skill if either you don’t believe that you are capable of it, or if your mental state at the time is not conducive. This particularly applies to skiing. First you have to believe it’s possible for you.
This is of particular interest to us skiers, because we are frequently challenged by the circumstances we have gone out looking for, in such a way that our mental equilibrium is disturbed by apprehension or even fear.
To be a controlled skier, or skiing in control in times of perceived extreme challenge, what we need first is control of our minds. We need the best mental state. Click here for pdf Continue reading
For some the idea that a skiing performance review would have anything to do with recreational skiing might seem a bit odd, but I don’t believe that. Most of us would like to come home after our skiing a bit better skiers than we were when we set off.
Confidence! That’s what you need.
It’s terribly easy to succumb to negative thoughts about our skiing; it often only takes a small fall, or a getting a bit scared, or even just thinking the last 100 yards “should” have been better. We also know that our thoughts drive our subsequent behaviours into either virtuous or disastrous circular feed-back loops.
So any tool we could use to help us control our skiing minds would be a good thing. I know of one, that really works. Continue reading
It’s what makes the difference.
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