Well, you might say, "Skank, it's only been a few weeks since you've made these changes, and results don't happen overnight." This is true, and I expect that these changes will start taking hold in a couple of months, but the real reason why I think I haven't been improving is because I'm simply not taking the risks. I come to practice, work hard, but I'm really not forcing myself to try the things I've never done before. I'm not breaking through my reservations and fears. So what if I don't pull off the 360 degree turn to avoid a hit? So what if I get my ass plowed to the ground? If I do it over and over again then someday I will pull it off and it will all have been worth it.
So how do you keep from plateauing? How do we keep from just 'staying the course?' I feel like as fresh meat and veterans we are constantly worried about sinking into a rut.
The moral of the story is, no on can improve your game but you. You are the only one who can push yourself to go harder, longer, and faster. No amount of coaching, peer pressure, or captaining can make you a better skater, the choice has always been, and always will be, yours. It's hard to take accountability for myself when I already feel sleep deprived and short on time, but if I really want to become a person that I can be proud of, I need to start investing, and stop paying the minimum amount on my credit card. I hope you'll join me.