This is the 2nd video blog post documenting my “Carrie Goes to Snowboarding Camp” adventure! This series of posts includes unscripted videos of me describing my thoughts and demonstrating how I’m using Mental Skills Training throughout my experience of getting to camp and snowboarding while I’m there. This video was done on Day 1 of the camp after lunchtime. We spent the morning getting checked in and getting set up into our groups for the camp. The snowboarders headed up to Chair 5 at Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort to get warmed up and so the coaches could start observing us and breaking us into our groups for the camp.
I was super calm during the whole evaluation process when in the past I would have been incredibly nervous. Part of the reason for that was because I had a HUGE mental shift from video #1 to video #2. I did some work on moving myself from feeling nervous about camp to getting excited for camp and it helped tremendously. The next issue I dealt with on this journey came when I had to switch things up at the last minute and leave on Thursday instead of Friday. The last minute switch meant that I wasn’t going to get a chance to do my PPP (pre-performance plan) I was hoping to do in order to get my focus and confidence dialed in during my preparation for camp.
Ideally, you want to have the time before your event planned out so that you are setting yourself up to be successful when it starts. Preparation = confidence. However, in addition to crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s – you need to know that you can handle anything that comes your way. You need to trust yourself and trust your ability and know that you can handle it if everything doesn’t fall into place. You can handle it if you run into an obstacle and have to go to Plan B. Things don’t have to be perfect in order for you to have a good day and perform your best. (And when you can’t prepare the way that you normally would – you may even find a new way to prepare that actually works better for you.)
So the big word for this video is TRUST. That trust comes from the foundation of work I have done on my mental game over the years and the deliberate work I did on my mindset in the moment. TRUST involves motivation, commitment, emotion control, self-talk, and confidence… and it’s working on all of the aspects of Mental Skills Training that allows you to be able to call on those skills and use them in the moment when you really need them.