I don't know how many snowboarders will trust this, but here are some words that might change your thoughts.
"We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with." - Jim Rohn
Those five people might be from your family, friends, or co-workers.
“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
This proverb obviously proves what Jim Rohn said, doesn’t it?
The same goes for friendships and in the office; what we think, how we behave, our decision and so on are influenced by the people closest to us whether we like it or not.
Dr. Maxwell Maltz, author of Psycho-Cybernetics, says in his book that people think, behave and act like the personal self-image that we have deep within our minds.
We can't be more than or less than that as well.
What Dr. Maltz is saying clarifies what Jim Rohn said.
We will be influenced by the people closest to us.
Because (for example) how our friends think, behave and act influence to our thoughts and actions.
Over and over again we see and hear what our friends are doing and saying.
Then our brain learns whether we like it or not by saying "ok, this is how I should be."
We interpret what our friends are doing and saying as what we are doing and saying because of the Mirror neurons in our brain.
This is one of the processes for how we build our self-image.
What do you think about these words now?
"We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with."
I know of many groups that have similar looking riding styles.
For example, instructors who need to focus more on one riding style that they are required to focus on for a license will train together and spend a lot of time riding with each other.
It's not difficult to spot those snowboarders on the hill.
Athletes who train together are also in this situation.
And good riders in the park will make a group out of riders with the same riding style as well.
So these groups show very similar riding styles.
Ok, now let's bring it into our snowboarding.
"We are the average of the five snowboarders we spend the most time snowboarding with."
Do you agree?
I know that most snowboarders all over the world don't have many friends they ride with.
And the reasons why you snowboard are all different.
However, if you are wishing for more improvement, you can keep in mind that choosing who you ride with will influence your improvement.
It doesn't mean you have to rely on others, but that is one of the ways you can improve.