Goal Setting with Lyndsey Stevens

Instructors and athletes at the top of their craft know there’s always room for professional development. They’re also adept at formulating a strategy to successfully reach their goals. This series of stories focuses on how team members set goals and build plans to achieve their goals.

Get insight and find takeaways for your own training approach from AASI Snowboard Team member Lyndsey Stevens.

Lyndsey’s Goals for the Season

Goals: This season I’m working toward the two segments I have left on my Rocky Mountain Trainer exam. As a trainer, I strongly value this credential and have enjoyed learning from the experience. I’m also studying for the cognitive and visually impaired portions of the Adaptive Level II certification assessment. I work with several students who have either cognitive or physical disabilities, and so I’m working to strengthen my knowledge to better provide for students. And, as PSIA-AASI Adaptive Team member Mike Ma would say, “every lesson is an adaptive lesson.”

My Goal Plan: Last year, after going through the Rocky Mountain Trainer exam, I made sure to follow up with examiners and ask for specific feedback. As the new season started, I revisited their feedback and have been applying it in practice. I consider myself lucky to have some great mentors and training buddies. It’s nice having peers to debate through all the details. We challenge and support each other. I absolutely love going to training each week and getting to immerse into full snowboard nerd mode.

Resources to Use: People tend to laugh when they see me pull the Snowboard Training Manual or Teaching Snowsports Manual out of my pocket on the hill. However, it’s great to have the option to read a few pages if I end up on a chair ride alone or if I’m early to work in the morning. It can be a great conversation starter as well when other instructors start to chat with me about the topic I’m reading about.

How You Can Use this Plan: Carry manuals with you, or use the digital version, to help you make use of the time you spend riding the bus to work or on a chair lift by yourself. Then, the next time you’re around other instructors, you can strike up a conversation and ask them any clarifying questions you might have about the content.

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