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Successful Climbing

Successful Climbing

Today’s climbing has been a success. I’ve been to Wilton 3 Quarry, north of Bolton where I led one route (a Severe), and backed off another (a VDiff) only 2 metres from the top. You might wonder how this was ‘successful’, because climbing one route and backing off another might seem like not-very-much in 4 & 1/2 hours of climbing time!

What is success?

Over the past six months, I’ve taken myself on a journey – to be more confident as a climber and to feel happier as a climber. One of the biggest things I’ve learnt is about the Mastery Mindset. The mastery mindset is the reason that my day has been so great. My success is about what I’ve achieved for me.  It’s about learning what I want to learn, so I can work towards my personal goals. Earlier this week, I heard this quote and I think it relates:

What you think of me is none of my business. 

What do you think??

What is Mastery Mindset?

Watch this 2 and a half minute video, which I made a while back, to explain more about the mastery mindset and four steps you can take to harness your potential.

Is the mastery mindset easy?

I have to say that there were some points today where I thought ‘I wonder what people must think – seeing me bailing on an ‘easy’ route. I’m training myself to think differently when I have thoughts that compare me to other people.  It’s not always easy and it takes practise.

What I did today that made it successful for me:

  • Reflected and learnt new things about my climbing and my preferences.
  • Made a positive decision to back off a route that I wasn’t happy to continue. This led to me setting up an abseil to retrieve my gear.
  • Learnt that I need to practise my abseil set-up, so that it is second nature.
  • Reduced my anxiety while lead climbing past my gear to below 5/10.
  • Stayed migraine-free (I suffer from exercise/stress-induced migraine.
  • Recognised that I climb better when other people put no pressure to hurry.
  • Helped my partner learn more about gear placements.
  • Had a lovely snack in the sunshine.
  • Enjoyed the company of my climbing buddy.
  • Met and talked to three climbers, who were interesting and I have their contact details.
  • Success for me isn’t about climbing what other people think is ‘hard’, it’s about doing what makes me happy.

I feel like I learnt some really important things about myself that can help me progress and achieve my personal climbing goal for 2017.  It’s been a positive experience.

I’d be really interested to hear other people’s thoughts on this subject.

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