Why you need to take it easy on the third day of a skiing trip – and the 3 first steps to learning

150513 Mountain Biking Alice SpringsRode the mountain bike track behind Bill’s house, a few days in a row.

You might be wondering what this has got to do with personal development.

Well, I observed a pattern I would like to share with you.

The first day was new and I was a bit hesitant.

It’s a rocky single-track at the back of Alice Springs and I wasn’t used to such terrain.

The second day went really well.

I’d made a big step forward and surprised myself by riding through difficult rocky patches with ease.

The third day was another story.

It did not flow. I seemed to have taken a step back.

Then I remembered the folk-wisdom from my skiing days in Switzerland:

“Take it easy on the third day – you are more accident prone on that day.”

Strange – at the other side of the planet, in a different setting, the same pattern.

Then it occurred to me.

That this wisdom might have come from an observation that’s not only applicable to skiing.

It’s valid with any other sport.

Or skill in general for that fact.

Even inner growth.

It might be a universal pattern of learning.

And – once we understand this pattern – we can work with it consciously.

Be more easy on ourselves when we’re not progressing as fast as we’d like.

Use these three steps to learning something new or improve an existing skill.

  • The first time you do something you may be hesitant and cautious – but it’s new and exciting.
  • The second time you make a bigger step forward than expected. Your confidence rises.
  • The third time you often make a step back. Somehow it doesn’t go as well as it should. There is also a danger that you’ll hurt yourself by trying to push through.

So, our system has it’s own way of processing when learning.

In such a situation, the best thing is to go with what is.

There is always the fourth time – which will be different again.

Progress is rarely constant.

And of course, sometimes things are hard and you get stuck.

That’s when I’m here to help – in an easy and non-confrontational way.

If you’re in such a situation, please get in touch with me and book a session.

I’d love to assist you in breaking through that block.