As snowboard instructors, chances are we are better snowboarders than our clients. For some instructors this can feel a bit boring as they’re strapped into their boards, but they’re not pushing their snowboarding skills to new levels.
This is where the importance of empathy comes in. Empathy means feeling the feelings that our students are feeling.
We get stoked when our client gets stoked. We understand their frustrations when they navigate challenges. We are present with them as they learn new skills.
And we should be! Number one,we’re getting paid to be present with them and aid them in overcoming frustrating challenges.
Number two, using empathy ensures that we are deeply involved in our lessons and committed to our students’ progression. This involvement and commitment leads to a feeling of fulfillment.
Feeling fulfilled with the work that we do is crucial for mental health, a high quality of life, and maintaining those qualities for our entire careers.