I love skateboarding, but I’m having trouble with my confidence.
We get told this a lot, whether it’s in Skate Supports, messages or skaters at the skatepark. Confidence is a tricky thing. It’s hard to progress in skateboarding when you’re not confident in your skills.
Confidence is define as “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.” When you have confidence, you can roll up to the skatepark and not care about what anybody else says. Confidence is the ability to keep trying a trick again and again until you get it. You’ll stay up all night, because you know that you will keep going at it until you land it.
So, how do you get to that point? What’s the key to building confidence? While there isn’t a clear cut way, and everybody is different, here’s what we’ve found that helps.
- Keep practicing
When you practice, you’re pushing yourself. You’re trying something new. As you start out, the best thing to do is practice and make sure you’re having fun while doing it. Just. Keep. Practicing.
- Don’t listen to others
When people want to help you, they will give you constructive criticism or tips on how to land it. That’s what you should listen to. Don’t listen to those who want to put you down and persuade you to stop skating.
Unfortunately, it’s more common than it should be. We want to build up the skateboarding community, not decrease it. If you come across anyone who does that, just don’t skate near them, don’t listen to them and keep skating. If anything, prove them wrong.
- Keep learning
Another way is to keep learning. Not only does practicing help, but learning is also a key part in building confidence. Watching videos, reading books and anything that will help you with any part of skateboarding will increase your confidence.
Another good way is to keep up with the industry. Watch contests, follow your favorite skaters on social media, etc… The more you know about the industry, you more excited you tend to get about being apart of it, and thus making you want to get better. You will also get inspiration, which pushes you, again, to progress even more.
- Skate with others
While skateboarding is an individual sport, there’s nothing quite like spending a day with your friends skating around the streets. By skating with others, you’re learning from them and maybe even teaching them. The best thing is, they’re there to help you and push your forward. Cheer you on, give you tips and anything they can do to help you push you further.
Anything we miss? Leave a comment below! If you’re having trouble with your tricks and want to learn how to fix it, Skateboarding Made Simple is what you need! You can pick it up here!
Also, be sure to submit a Skate Support Request to Aaron, so he can personally help you out. He’s helped many skaters land tricks and fix their problems this way. You can submit one here!