Start – Commit – Trust – Iterate (and don’t forget to breathe)

It’s ski season. The Pacific Northwest is not seeing the kind of snowfall we got last year, but there’s still enough to make  turns (and as my snowboarding daughter says, “shred some gnar”).

Skiing last weekend made me remember a post I did awhile back on my other (now defunct) blog.

When I reread it I realized it fit this week’s theme of “Plan – Do – Check – Adjust”. If those are the main points, then this fills in some of the gaps, like Start – Commit – Trust – Iterate.

Here is that post, recycled for #WednesdayWisdom

A good ski turn. Simple enough in concept that a beginner can learn it, and hard enough to get exactly right that an expert is still always working on improving it.

Everyone falls down sometimes. The key is to get up, recognize what you did and fix it on the next turn. It takes practice. And perseverance.

External conditions change from day to day, sometimes hour to hour, and even on the same run. Snow, sleet, rain, sun, powder, packed groomers, ice, hero snow.

Internal conditions change too; muscle strength, mental acuity, flexibility, rested, exhausted.

The basics of a good ski turn can be applied to every situation in life. And each turn sets up and links to the next. As you get better and better, you move to even tougher terrain and challenges.

What’s in a good ski turn, and each turn in life?

Pick a line and have a plan. Initiate action (start) at the top of the turn and commit. Stay in balance. Dive in, and trust yourself. Stay committed through the scary part in the fall line.


Stay centered, and know the rest of the turn will take care of itself as you prepare for the next turn.


Check out my favorite ski areas in the Pacific Northwest to make turns (in order of my current preference):

Whistler Blackcomb


Mt. Bachelor

Stevens Pass

Mission Ridge


Author: Aimee Sheridan

Aimee has spent the last 20 years in non-profit leadership roles; raising revenue, awareness and building community partnerships to support services that care for those in need. Aimeeā€™s signature strength has been in working with stakeholders to create comprehensive, integrated fundraising and marketing plans. By using data driven strategies focusing and on execution toward the goals, she has been able to help organizations increase their revenue because they are working on the right activities as part of the plan.

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