I love figure skating.
In fact it is my most favourite wintertime activity to do. I’ve been doing it all my life and while I can’t do too many fancy jumps anymore, I do love to glide and twirl as much as I can. I even have dreams at night about doing it. Oh yes, I really do.
I love the sound of the blades on the ice and the wind on my face.
I especially love skating outside on an outdoor rink or pond all nestled among the trees. Ahhh…that is awesome. (One of my personal goals is to have a yard big enough to have my own rink.)
But I don’t get to go very often because of my travel schedule and the conditions have to be just perfect for an outdoor rink (-6 Celsius [21 Fahrenheit] for at least 3 days to be exact and don’t ask me how I know that).
Surprisingly, the conditions aren’t perfect all that often. It’s either too cold for me or too warm for the ice. But unless the ice is actually water or it’s so cold that I’d freeze in 30 seconds, I go.
It’s kind of like when you start work on a project, you tell yourself that you don’t have the time, the money or the know-how to get going or that you just need to keep working on it because it’s not ready; you make excuses.
You want the conditions to be absolutely perfect before you launch. I know because I used to be like that too.
Well, I can tell you from many many years of experience that the conditions are almost NEVER perfect. In fact, you really don’t want them to be.
I use the 80% rule.
If it’s 80% ready, I launch. Then I gather feedback, make some tweaks and do it again. I do that many times, truly all my programs are always evolving—I don’t think they are ever or will be really ‘done’.
It’s like you’re skating your way to success…
You push off, glide a bit, then stop to do a twirl or change direction, maybe do some backwards crossovers, and then turn around and glide forward a bit more before you repeat the process. You might even throw in a jump or fancy technique or two or stop for hot chocolate and a chat with friends before starting back up again.
You never know what’s going to happen on the ice [life]. You may fall, it’s true, but then you just get back up and try again.