Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Scott looked at his mountain surroundings. The powdered conditions were perfect and his confidence as a snowboarder was growing. He was in his first full year in the sport and was about to elevate his experience by performing his first Ollie. Scott found the perfect spot to test his new trick and practiced it over and over for hours. Trying to match speed, timing and form, he couldn't seem to get it right. As the hours went by, Scott got very frustrated with himself. "Come on, you idiot!" "Get this right." By the end of the day, he was sore, irritated and annoyed with himself. On the last run, instead of berating and criticizing himself, Scott gave a little pep talk, "Ok, you've got this… you know what to do and how to do it. You may be tired, but it's all right in front of you." With that, he confidently pushed down the mountain to accomplish his goal.
We've all been in a position to coach ourselves. Often times, we are hard on ourselves to correct mistakes. We get frustrated with ourselves to do it right. We look to find our perfection. Your words have meaning and power. Either said to someone else or to yourself, keep this in mind. "Think twice before you speak," Napoleon Hill said, "because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another." This includes planting a seed in your own mind. Be aware of what you say to yourself. When you have positive thoughts in the place of negative ones, you start to believe in the positive image and result.