Skateboarding is a psychological game, it’s 15% physical and 85% mental – give or take, but you get the idea.
Don’t let yourself be fooled by that guy who seemingly does everything first try. He had to fight to gain that amount of consistency. What it really comes down to being persistent, and where does that start? Not with the body, but with the mind. It’s your mind (you) that decides whether you can do something or not, and then the body follows suit. You won’t be able to do something if you don’t believe you can.
Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford
And Henry was completely accurate, if you don’t believe that you can, then you’re screwed, and you don’t deserve the trick anyway (or the girl, or the guy, or the promotion). There is some madness and cognitive challenge – that is to say that you will be pushed – involved in trying a trick for an extended period of time, you may break some boards, you may get tossed around a bit, you may get frustrated, you may scream, yell, shout, screech to the top your lungs – you may even cry. That’s okay – there’s no shame in crying – nothing worth doing comes easy, and that applies to every aspect of life. But once you finally land that kickflip, or 180 nosegrind, or blunt to fakie on that quarter pipe, that feeling of satisfaction will totally outweigh the hours of exasperation you just endured.
A perfect example of what I’m talking about is Jerry Hsu’s intro to his part in “Stay Gold.” He goes through so much to get his tricks, it’s quite admirable, how determined he is to get it no matter what. Struggling so that he may – at some point – come out victorious.
Some days you just can’t win, and others, well, they work out just fine.