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How many of you have ever tried learning a new sport?  How about a new extreme trick on your skateboard, wakeboard, or snowboard?  Well, I’ll bet if you have ever been involved in most sports, you would have heard someone tell you to “look in the direction you want to go”.

The reason you would have heard this is because our body generally follows our head, so if we are looking in a direction….our bodies are sure to follow, and this is often very desirable in sport.  When I used to competitively slalom water ski, I was told that when I came around a buoy in the slalom course, I should immediately crank my head across to the other side and well above the next buoy so that I would get there in lots of time.  It was a tough thing to grasp, but as I watched the very best skiers in the world, I could see them doing exactly this.  So I knew this was very wise advice.

How about when it came to learning a flip on my kneeboard?  Well, same thing….”upon leaving the wake, toss your head back and behind you so that your body, and board will follow where you are looking”.  Again, great advice and it worked.

Okay, so if this technique works in sports….I can guarantee it works in other parts of your life as well.  I guess what I’m getting at is if you look in the direction you want your life to go, life will catch up to your sights and you’ll find yourself exactly where you want to be.

This is just a concept I came up with while riding my bike last week.  It’s amazing the wisdom that can come on a bike.  As I rode along, I found myself glancing to the right to look at something…..and within seconds I found myself swerving right and in the way of traffic.  Not a great thing to do while biking on a busy street.  But as that happened, I realized that if it is this easy to move in the direction I look when I’m on my bike….why shouldn’t it be this easy in life?

Keep your eyes focused in the direction you want to be.  Do this successfully, and I promise you that life will follow right behind.  This has been your coach talking. “Get out there and have fun.”


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