Originally Posted by L&AirC
Skiing well and skiing a black diamond have nothing in common.
Skiing black diamonds and skiing safely have nothing in common.
Thinking you can ski a black diamond has nothing to do with skiing a black diamond safely.
For the most part I agree with the phrase "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." I think Henry Ford made that statement to inspire people to set out and achieve goals and face the obstacles of a pursuit. I don't think he meant it to set out and do something before you're ready.
Thinking you can, can also get you in trouble if in all actuality, you can't. My example is me. I 2008 I thought I could ski well enough to ski Tuckermans. I thought I could, there for I could right? However, I couldn't and therefore I didn't and after three short turns, ended up with a torn acl. Not because I didn't think I could, but because I lacked the skill set and wasn't ready for it.
I don't think anyone here is trying to encourage anyone into doing anything before they are ready. Simply pointing out that once they are ready, they might need to have the mental encouragement to believe in themselves. That is good. My concern is too often I see people in trouble on a trail they have no business being on, because they were encourage to believe they could. It is a tricky area.
I've also noticed that years on skis doesn't necessarily correlate to ability. Some people have sucked for a very long time. I've watched other people excel rapidly and have been amazed at their progress.
If you are a never ever, and want to make your goal to ski a black diamond, good on ya. But you must pursue the goal and work at it. and not cut corners just because you desire something. Nothing is more frustrating and can set you back as far, physically and mentally, than attacking something too soon.
Everyone brings something else to the game. Very rarely do two people progress at the same level even though they might start out at the same time. Both have different life experiences to draw from.
Pursue your goals. Think you can. Train for it.