Firstly, we need to decide that we do not want to be left behind.
Secondly, we need patient and encouraging teachers. In order to succeed at something, we must first believe that it is possible for us to succeed. The teacher also needs to be skilled. If Gordon were a poor skier, he couldn’t have helped me. The teacher must have specific skills and knowledge that can be passed on so the learner can succeed.
Thirdly, when we learn new things we need to work hard and practice often to overcome old unhelpful habits and develop new patterns.
As Gordon and I skied back to our car, my skiing was about 25% the new way and about 75% the old way. I knew that if I practiced the new way, it would become easier, and I could become a better skier.
“Next year,” I thought. “Next year I will keep up with him.”