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...of Highly Effective Skiers (with gratitude to Dr. Stephen R. Covey).

I got to thinking of this over the weekend for other reasons, and began applying it to skiing. It's fun, and may guide us to some new discoveries... Here are the Seven Habits translated to skiing as best I can at first blush. What do you think?
  1. Be proactive; our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. For skiing, this means that we can make decisions about where to ski, how to ski, turn radius, and all other aspects of our dance with the mountain, and the conditions are only one factor in our decisions and choices.
  2. Begin with the end in mind. It is the goal that shapes intent, and intent that shapes results. Where are you trying to go? Go there!
  3. Put first things first. The most important is to experience the fun, joy, and other sensations of this incredible sport and alpine environment. There are other aspects that are important to you. Are you putting the most important first every time you click in?
  4. Think win/win. This is largely interpersonal, so may fit more for those of us who spend a lot of on-snow time interacting with others. That said, how can we all win from the experience?
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This is one that I see many instructors miss. Many are so ready to expound their tremendous knowledge, that they don't ask questions, listen, and understand. This is not universal, and I am grateful to have met a number (especially some who post here frequently with whom I have had the opportunity to converse in person) who do seek to understand first. Those who think that they know before they really understand another person should really take some time out to focus on this. Just as should the rest of us who are seeking to understand more about this wild and involved sport of ours.
  6. Synergize. At least part of the experience is how it all ties together. Be about generating more than you can alone. Orders of magnitude more.
  7. Sharpen the saw. Many on this list are this habit personified: Always striving to improve. Seeking to know more, understand more, make a difference, keep seeking a higher summit. Don't coast! Take the time to check the skill foundation. Work on some of them to really improve. The results may surprise you.
Do your experiences on snow map to these? What are your thoughts?