WHAT IS THE ACCELERATED SKI LEARNING
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL AND DIFFERENT FROM THE MORE USUAL
Why create a different ski learning
after year, before coming to us, our pupils have enjoyed
their skiing, but somehow they got home vaguely feeling
that something was missing. Their skiing had been "OK"
but nothing more than that. Their hoped for breakthrough
had again not occurred. They still found themselves feeling
a bit, well, "flat" really.
Most ski instruction has given you the
impression that once you are past a certain above-beginner
level, then provided you "get the miles in" your
skiing will metamorphose you into a better skier. In fact
it doesn't. We get good at what we actually do. Practice
does not make perfect, practice makes permanent. In NLP
we say, "If you always do what you've always done,
you will always get what you always got. If it isn't working,
do something esle - anything else."
Some years back "Bobski" recognised
- Advanced and expert skiers did not get that way by going
to ski school, and
- They did not get that way by just skiing around.
- How they did it, was through ski coaching, not
"ski instruction". Advanced skiing is not harder
than intermediate skiing. It's a slightly different game,
requiring slightly different thinking. When you
have the understandings it's even more fun than intermediacy.
The first difference with ASL
In the ski instruction model of ski teaching,
the instructor is always better than the pupil. As a ski
instructor I would dictate the next task and then demonstrate
it, clearly showing you how much better I can ski
than you can ski (This in itself can be demoralising). It
would be your job to watch me. Then, after
your attempt to emulate my performance, I would tell you
where you went wrong.
I believe this to be a counter productive
process. It is based on exposing failures. It only addresses
the negatives. It does not assist you to understand your
own skiing and to take responsibility for it.
In the ASL model, which is
essentially a ski coaching model, we jointly agree
the next developmental task. You have a go at it. The difference
is that I watch you. At the end of the task,
we jointly compare the feedback on results which we both
experienced, and we agree what to do next. Our job is to
jointly establish what went right and build on
This is a highly productive, psychologically
supportive, and growth expanding process. We find that successes
breed successes. You have a happier time. You learn hugely
more quickly, and your learning is more permanent and meaningful.
It is the function of a good coach to try as quickly as
possible to help you get much better than he/she is. You
still need us - after all Pete Sampras' coach can't play
tennis as well as Pete, but he is still a permanently essential
part of the team.
The second difference
The second difference is the employment
of Accelerated Learning principles. Fifteen years of remarkable
neurological and psychological research has resulted in
simple yet powerful ways of learning how to learn,
both more effectively and faster. We use a powerful six-step
learning model. It's not magic, (there are no shortcuts
to anywhere worth going), and you still have to "pay
your dues" and put in the
play required! Nevertheless, by materially assisting
you to focus your mind and direct your thinking, the simple
structure of accelerated learning easily engenders more
rapid understanding, learning, and change.
The third difference
Neuro Linquistic Programming, (NLP) and
Mental Game Planning.
The underlying belief in NLP is that you
already have within you, all the resources you need to achieve
anything you want. Some of them may well be being blocked.
On ASL courses we help you unblock them.
NLP has come of age. It is a set of simple
practical psychological techniques specifically developed
to facilitate the modeling of excellence. Some people excel.
By studying what they do - how their beliefs and thinking
govern their behaviour patterns NLP has established those
repeating patterns. We can all use those patterns.
They are no longer experimental, they are being successfully
used in top level sport, top level business, and in personal
development. The techniques are simple. All that will stop
them working is not using them. The art lies in the way
it they are incorporated into your own inherent ways of
learning. That's what makes it personal, and what makes
The fourth difference
Galileo Galilei said "You cannot
teach anybody anything. All you can do is to help them find
that it is already within themselves".
With ASL you can achieve mastery
over your own mind. You can discover that something inside
you knew all along that you could do it. This is learning
beyond the ski school. It particularly helps people whose
self expectation is lower than is realistic, or who are
apprehensive in some skiing situations.
You can if you think you can.