So I like to think your snowboard progression goes like this:
- You find a new trick you want to learn
- You research everything there is to know about doing that trick
- You go to the ski resort super excited to practice and learn the trick
- After much effort and practice you finally get that trick nailed down
Here’s the problem:
Everyone gets to step 3. That’s the easy part. When you start off you’ll burn hot and get super excited to go out there and master everything there is to do with that trick.
However, when it comes time to keep practicing and put in the hard hours to get it done, that’s where most people fail.
Maybe you fell a few times. Maybe you found out the trick was harder than you thought. Maybe you found out you had to learn something annoying like switch riding.
Whatever it is, that’s where people screw up and fail.
Your snowboard progression is like a fire
Everyone starts off burning hot and excited to learn new tricks. However, most snowboarders never get past that stage. They run into obstacles, give up, get stuck, give up, things get too hard, give up…. you get the idea.
Every winter I get a ton of emails from people excited to progress their snowboarding, but then nothing happens after they’ve done all the research and got all the perfect gear ready.
There’s a serious lack of action after all that enthusiasm at the start. Being willing to push past those obstacles that eventually come up is oxygen to your fire.
You either feed your fire by taking action and pushing past the roadblocks by putting in the time on the slopes to get better, or you let it die by not taking enough action.
There’s a reason only the top 1% of snowboarders ever get even basic 360s mastered. People are great at the start, but when things get harder, they bail.
At the end of the day you can prepare the perfect gear, read 500 snowboard tips and watch 1000 snowboard videos, but without action and determination to push through the obstacles, you won’t get anywhere with your snowboard freestyle.
Don’t be in the group that just gets excited at the start then gives up. Go snowboard and make it happen.
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