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Collin Barber: Barefooting with a Positive Mental Attitude

Saturday, January 11th, 2014
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WBC Shoe Skis

You just finished a run on the shoe skis as the boat is on its way back to pick you up. Whether you were doing one foots, toe-holds, or turns, you managed to do the trick on the shoe skis without a problem. As the boat gets nearer and nearer, you hear the instructor tell you to take the shoe skis off and to do the exact same run but on your feet. As you start taking them off, the instructor looks at you and asks the inevitable question:

“What changes?”

Well… You could give the obvious answer of the fact that you are now skiing on your bare feet, which have less surface area than the shoe skis making the task harder and that you are now going to be skiing at a faster speed than before.

But you don’t give that answer. Instead, you respond with:

“Nothing changes.”

Why? Because it’s a mental game. If you gave the first answer, that shows you have uncertainty in yourself. If you have uncertainty in yourself, you’ll second guess your abilities. In turn, this will probably end up in struggling with the trick on your bare feet.

But if you answer with the mentality that absolutely nothing changes, you will probably struggle much less. You are telling yourself that if you can do it on shoe skis, you can do it on your bare feet too. You have confidence in yourself and with that confidence you are more likely to succeed with the task at hand.

So, am I telling you not to be scared of taking off those shoe skis? Well, in a sense, yes. But in reality, what I’m really trying to say is this:

PMA! Positive Mental Attitude!

By: Collin Barber