Friday, May 23, 2008

Staying centered

If I had a dollar for every time I was skating, and some random person asked me the phrase, "how do you do that?" I wouldn't have to work, that's for sure. Most people are amazed and almost scared of skateboards, when the reality of it is that it's really not that hard once you break it down.

The key to skateboarding is all about staying centered.

That's it, the rest is just muscle memory. Keeping your weight right over where you are at is the hardest, and often most misunderstood part of skateboarding.

But it's not just about skating either. If we stay centered over what it is we want to accomplish, the rest is just brain memory. When we try to throw our weight around too many places, we will fall over every time.

In skateboarding and life in general, too many people are not staying centered on what it is they want to accomplish. Like in skateboarding, fear will tell us that we are crazy to want to stay centered on such a scary and unpredictable vehicle. You may be starting a business, and think that it is too scary to stay centered on your business because of financial trouble, unpredictability, and competition. Well let me tell you, if you are not completely centered on your business in every aspect, you are going to fall every time. The key is not to focus on all the bad things that can happen. I mean you can get hit by a car and die just crossing a street, but I doubt you are thinking of such things why you are performing the act. Skating, and many other things are just like that. Focus on the good, and roll with the punches.

It's not like I am saying for you to just drop every aspect of your life to do whatever it is you want, but when it's time to do what you do, be on top of it.

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