One of the biggest reasons people fail to improve their snowboarding is they don’t hold themselves accountable. What this means is they’ll say “I want to learn to do a 360″ and weeks will pass by with nothing going on.
If you want to improve you can’t JUST set the goal, you have to follow through with the goal and if you fail, you have to look at why you failed.
How to hold yourself accountable with your snowboard goals
1) Set a goal that’s specific
The key here is to be specific when you set the goal. You could say “I want to learn 360s” but that’s not specific. What date do you want to learn 360s by? What kind of things will you do to reach that goal? Build that into your goal.
Ideally, you want a goal that’s specific and measurable.
Instead of “I want to learn 360s” you could write “I will learn 360s before February 21st and I will do at least 5 360s each time I go snowboarding.” That’s specific and that’s a goal you can measure.
2) Remind yourself of your goal
Put your goals into your phone. Write them down. Put that goal somewhere you’ll see and remember. We’ve all set goals before and just forgotten about them, just look at how many new year’s resolutions are broken in the first month.
If you want to learn 360s, write down the goal from earlier and stick it into your snowboard boot, or take a photo of that written down goal and make that photo the background of your phone.
Putting your goal all around you is a simple but effective way to actually get yourself to make changes that will help you accomplish your goals.
3) Did you meet your goal? Why / Why Not?
Did you meet your goal? Look at the reasons why you did or didn’t make your goal. The reason I said to be specific earlier is that it makes it easier to check in on your progress and see how you did.
If you failed to meet your goal, look deeper and find the reasons why. Failing doesn’t mean you can’t meet your goal, it just means you need to fix something and try again.
If you failed the earlier example goal of “Learn 360s by February 21st and try 5 360s every time you go snowboarding” why did you fail? Was it because you didn’t do enough riding, or didn’t commit to learning 360s, or was it a problem with figuring out the take-off or landing?
Find the reason you didn’t succeed and fix it. In this case if you couldn’t figure out how to land correctly, find out how. Use google, friends, ask randoms. There’s A LOT of info out there if you look for it.
4) Set a new goal
If you didn’t succeed with your goal, make it your new goal and try to fix the reasons you failed previously. If you succeeded, add a new goal. Maybe if you learnt 360s, you want to take that to 540s and beyond.
One more thing…
The thing to remember is that you’re never going to meet every single goal you set. I make maybe 50% of all the goals I set. The other 50% might come over time and after lots of failing, but I do get closer on each attempt.
I always say that if you’re making all your goals then you probably aren’t making your goals ambitious enough