6 Lessons I Learned From The Mountain

21 Jan

How you do anything is how you do everything.

After a weekend on the slopes I realized many of the things I was learning as a snowboarder could be transferred to life.  These little points I will keep close to me whether I am in my snow pants or in my jeans.

1. Lean into it – when approaching something scary like ice, a steep hill, or a challenge at work- embrace it rather than resisting. You’ll have a much better time and get better results.

2. Commit – fully, to whatever is present in the moment.

3. Breath – makes everything complete.

4. Take breaks – know when enough is enough and when a rest is in order.  Honor your efforts with what you need to recover.  Celebrate the quiet, so you can be ready for what is to come next.

5. Pep talks are welcome and encouraged – flood your thoughts with: I am a confident beast, an outrageous &  courageous being – ready to commit to & trust in anything that comes my way.

6. When you fall get back up – Get up! As easy as it is to stay down and call it quits.  Cry if you need to, but you get to have the last say.  Then, let it go so you are able to fully be in the present rather than lingering in the past.


4 Responses to “6 Lessons I Learned From The Mountain”

  1. cgparkin January 21, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    Great sentiments! Thanks for the pat…

  2. cgparkin January 21, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    That should read “post”, not “pat”!!

  3. Billy Fox January 28, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    It is true! Success in learning to snowboard, in our lives, in making new friends and in our work are all in need of the same personal qualities. Motivation, desire to achieve and work.
    Downhill, yeh baby!


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