Ever thought “I’ll never land be good enough to land a double cork” or maybe even something more common like “I’ll never be one of those guys spinning tricks off the big jumps.”
You’re not alone. Unfortunately, most people underestimate themselves.
It all starts with the simple thought of “I’ll never be able to do that” or “There’s no way I can get that good.” It seems harmless, but really, that’s where it all begins. This little thought changes everything for those that actually believe it.
You ever hear any really amazing snowboarders work months to learn a trick, then say “Yeah, I thought I couldn’t do it all along.” No! Most of them may have had doubts along the way, but they marched along to the tune of “I’m going to do this and nothing’s going to stop me.”
Little changes at the start make big changes later. A small change early on can magnify and have huge consequences down the track.
Think of it like this: In golf, if you hit the ball correctly, it’s going to fly straight towards the hole. If you miss aim your swing and hit just 1 degree off, the ball ends up 20 meters away from the hole.
This is why it’s important to start off on the right foot. If you want to be a really good snowboarder, thinking you can do it is step 1 to actually taking steps to become better. If you don’t think you can do it, you’ll likely start making choices that get you further away from that goal.
I’m not saying that all you have to do is believe you can spin 1080s and that means you’ll be able to wake up the next day, head to the 60 foot jump and spin a huge 1080 off it. That would be ridiculous. However, thinking you can do it is step 1.
There may be 100 other steps in between you and your goal, but you still need to do step 1 to get to step 101. And believe me, you’ll need to believe you can do it to overcome the obstacles that pop up in between step 1 and 101.
Believing you’re always going be an beginner snowboarder, usually makes you an average snowboarder. If you want to be an amazing snowboarder, believing you can be an amazing snowboarder is the important first step down the right path and unfortunately, most people sell themselves short and think they can’t do it.
We can’t all be Torstein Horgmo or Shaun White with insane amounts of talent, but if you dream of spinning 1080s one day, at least try and know that it’s possible. I promise you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it.