Knowing When (and When Not) To Go

Have you ever sat on the beach looking at the waves trying to decide whether to go out or not?


I’m sure, if you are like me, you’ve done it. Can’t quite decide if it’s worth it or not, not quite sure you want to go through the hassle of putting on a wet suit, rushing for a quick session before work or during lunch, getting in trouble with your boss or wife. Not sure if conditions are right? You watch, ask others but get all sorts of answers.

Bet the same indecisiveness has happened in the water as well. You see a wave coming but you are not quite sure. Should I paddle for this one? Should I go? Is it going to hold up, is it too big or too small? Surfing, like the rest of our lives, is filled with opportunities, filled with decisions. How do you decide? What goes into your process?

I wish there was a quick and simple guide to making the decisions we make in and out of the water. I know that there are lots of factors that influence what we do. Sometimes we try to assess the risk.

Are we surfing over a shallow jagged reef or soft forgiving sand? Is the water 80 degrees or 40? Are we at our familiar local break or half way around the world surfing some isolated unexplored atoll? Could be we might simply be afraid to get out of our comfort zone, scared to confront the known or unknown.

It might just be a habit, a learned behavior, doing the same thing over and over, repeating, accepting and maybe even enjoying the pattern. Sometimes though these behavior patterns might just get us in trouble.

In surfing, like in life, it’s really important to understand why and how we do things. It’s not an easy process but confronting ourselves, our habits, our vulnerabilities and strengths, as well as our habitual behaviors is critical. We need to be able to look inward, accept responsibility, figure out what we can control and what we can’t, whether to blame other factors or accept responsibility, ownership.

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Source: / Author: Bill Rosenblatt


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