Cela peut te paraître évident, mais c’est par là qu’il faut commencer. Parce que notre cerveau a un rôle déterminant dans tout, que cela soit pour le meilleur ou pour le pire.
Avoir le bon esprit nous aide à gérer le stress, à visualiser l’objectif, ainsi qu’à résister à un effort et à surmonter une difficulté.
Laisse-moi te donner un exemple.
The kiteloop/megaloop. This move is one of those that best describes the mental aspect of kitesurfing. Once you’ve learned the technique of making simple loops, and you know how to use it for turning or landing small jumps, it’s time to get serious.
So far the risks are limited and the progression controlled. But to make the leap, you need that little bit of irrationality, which is the product of experience and self-awareness.
It’s time to leave fear aside and trust the skills you’ve acquired. If fear prevails, the maneuver will be poorly executed and the fall painful. So it’s time to trust your potential: ride fast, focus on the take-off point and jump as if you don’t want to pull the loop (if you think about the loop you risk being held back by fear). Yes, because for a real kiteloop you have to jump high or the impact will be tough for your knees. But once you reach the peak, there’s no more time to think, you just have to trust your instincts and pull the bar as hard as you can, the rest (if you’ve properly learned the technique) will come by itself.
This is the moment where the mental becomes the main actor. It’s just a matter of standing up against fear and letting your adrenaline and instinct drive you.
You will be confronted with the biggest problem, managing anxiety and fighting “avoidance”, which is the behavior of the human being who tends to procrastinate an action while enjoying a short-term benefit, but which will have negative consequences in the long term.
If you can overcome yourself and push yourself towards the unknown, you increase your resilience, a term used in psychology to indicate the ability to cope with traumatic events in a positive way, to reorganize positively when facing challenges, to rebuild yourself by remaining sensitive to opportunities, without alienating your identity.
Therefore, you should always try to face your fears, no matter how small or insignificant they may be, as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming insurmountable obstacles.
By not pulling the bar you will stay in your comfort zone, you will perhaps enjoy your jump ( possibly greeted by a tourist’s gesture of approval on the beach), and you will continue your ride. But sooner or later you’ll be up against your goal again, and the more you postpone it, the bigger and more unrealizable it will seem to you.
In life, it’s not that different. Acquire knowledge, study and be prepared. But then you have to take the first step, just as at some point when you get up to 7-8 meters you have to pull your bar to make a perfect kiteloop!