Have you ever thought the about saying “it’s like riding a bike.” The idea is that there are some skills that we learn and they become so ingrained in us that even if we do not do the skill for a period of time it comes back easily. Bike riding becomes something that is ingrained in our muscle memory so that the action of pushing pedals and balancing on the bike is not something that people forget. But can everyone who knows how to ride a bike get on after a hiatus?
In medicine, we see people who are injured from sporting activities such as riding a bike. Even if a person fully recovers from an accident and has the muscle memory for riding a bike, fear may get in the way of that person getting back onto the bike. Sometimes people just don’t feel confident to ride a bike again or play sports that they enjoyed as children and young adults.
Competence is the mastery of a skill. It is learning the mechanics and creating the muscle memory as well and knowledge needed to complete tasks – such as riding a bike. But confidence is a critical ingredient to success which will allow us to perform the task. If I have fear or don’t feel confident on my bike – because of external environmental factors such as the hill being too steep, the road being too busy, or the path being too rough; because of problems with my bike itself like the seat post is crooked, the bike is too big, the tires are flat; or because of problems within myself like being exhausted, having sore legs, or being distracted – I will not be competent on my bike. Fear keeps us from being confident which limits our competence.
We have created a framework, our unique RISE framework, to help people overcome their fears to feel confident. We can help people keep riding their professional bikes by enhancing their confidence.
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