A recent thread included a post about right and wrong. While it's a black and white mentality that most of us don't subscribe to, it spurred me to start a thread about an old but very important book. SKIING RIGHT.
It's an early venture into the idea of the intrinsic genius of the right side of the brain. Over the years we've re-stated that concept and how the affective realm influences our skiing, our thinking, and how we approach sports in general. Stated differently, I would offer the idea that our self concept and our confidence in our abilities are two of the most important factors but another idea that we often overlook is how we process feedback and how much faster the right side of the brain is at turning this feedback into action. Mostly because the left side of the brain and the narrative offered by it create a thought "loop" that reviews things and compares actions against theoretical concepts and then after debating the efficacy of those actions, makes a decision about the right and wrongness of the actions. I would offer the idea that the right side of the brain make similar decisions but the adjustments being made are less about concepts and theories. These "learned responses" are a product of training and practice where we condition the brain and ultimately all of the body's semi conscious responses. Success thus becomes a strong key to what the right side of the brain tells the body to do. There is nothing new here, except that coaching folks and a focus on a strong final form is very left brained and actual skier performance is very right brained.
What I'm hoping to solicit from my fellow bears is some experiences where they discovered their left side of the brain was getting in the way. How did you switch off that subjective inner narration? What practices did you change that allowed you to allow the right side of your brain to take charge? Or perhaps, what roadblocks are you still experiencing? Do you find yourself having internal arguments about techniques as you ski? Can you shut that voice off and trust your "experience based decisions" to produce good results?
Edited by justanotherskipro - 1/1/13 at 12:54pm