How To Keep Yourself Motivated When Snowboard Tricks Aren’t Clicking

I’ve said many times that snowboard progression goes like this:

  1. Try a new trick
  2. Start to kinda get it
  3. See no progress and feel like your practice isn’t improving your riding
  4. It finally clicks and you ‘get’ the trick

As I’ve said before, people tend to get stuck when they get to that 3rd stage and they see no progress, so here’s a quick tip to help you push past that and stay motivated without feeling like you suck at snowboarding.

Focus on a small snowboard challenge

I’ve found that it’s not so much failing that discourages people, but rather it’s the feeling that they aren’t making progress, so I always have small goals for my riding whenever I’m working on progressing my snowboarding.

So take your big goal, eg – “I want to land a 360” and aim for some really mini part of doing a 360, such as “I’m going to do a stylish straight air today!” or even something easier such as “I’m going to do 10 straight airs attempts today!”

By doing this you’re basically giving yourself smaller goals that are way easier to accomplish. Instead of just aiming to do a 360, which could take weeks or months, you’re aiming to also do other mini goals that you’ll be able to accomplish along the way to learning that 360.

Why smaller goals are better:

You know those days when you’ve been working on some trick/technique for ages and it suddenly clicks and you land it and you have the biggest smile on your face for the rest of the day?

That’s a win and it gives you a ton of momentum and motivation to keep going and keep improving your snowboarding because you feel like you just climbed Mt. Everest.

However, those days don’t come every day. If it’s a big goal you’re working towards, you won’t get that win for a long time. That’s why I always break things down into smaller goals.

This way I don’t go home thinking “Man, I’ve been trying that trick for 2 weeks and I still can’t get it!” and instead I think “Sweet, I mastered straight airs today! Making progress towards that 360!”

You’re still doing the same work to get to your goal, but this way you’re getting those very important small wins that keep your from getting discouraged.

– Jed

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  1. Good advice.
    You can even set a previously achieved goal again but this time differently. For instance you can ride switch really well, but never did a whole run switch down the mountain because you just never thought of doing it. You probably can do it, but never tried. -> new goal
    You can also expand the terrain you ride your trick on. For instance it’s one thing learning a boardslide on a box, but it’s another thing being able to boardslide everything you find on your way down the park (flat, up, down, kinked, curved,…). -> new goals

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