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The brain is a muscle; just like any other. With enough exercise, it will grow stronger and more powerful each passing day. So it’s imperative to develop an internal dialogue that helps you reach new heights in life.
The first step to developing your own internal dialogue starts by recognizing when you are feeling stuck or uninspired. These feelings happen for many reasons (elevated stress levels being one) but they all have an underlying common thread; fear of failure. It’s our own created fear that prompts us into inaction because reaching out looks too hard on our behalf. It means, fear resides in the mind and that’s where we need to release it.
What if I told you that the way we approach climbing has been shifted? It's time for a change. There are new ways of thinking, which will lead us to success on our next adventure! If your current routine isn't working out, it means you need to work on it. And in this blog post, you will learn some amazing mental strategies that will flip the script.
Compare Yourself To Others In A Positive Way
It’s very common that when you enter the gym for the first time and you look around and everyone seems to have a great physique. You just compare yourself and feel that these people are really strong. They were lucky to overcome this problem so easily and you'll never be able to do what they just did. The same happens when you’re new to climbing.
Entering such an environment where others have superior skills compared with oneself can make one perceive themselves less confident or competent. But the reality is they also went through their own beginner's stages too, just as you are currently going through yours!
By focusing on what you can’t do, your mind will be bogged down with a constant sense of failure. Instead think about how much work and practice that person put in to get where they are, then challenge yourself even further!
Learn From Others
Competition is a natural human emotion. However, when you’re in competition with your climbing peers, sometimes it can actually work against and make them miss out on the real benefits of collaboration together. But it is important to remember that while competition can be a natural human emotion but it should motivate us to grow together.
Climbing with someone else is a great way to get stronger, especially if they have skills you don't. It’s because two people working together will often be able to find skills in each other that they do not have. If there are more people in the team, everyone will be able to access the skills and talents of individual members so everyone's strengths come into play for a successful climb!
Focus On What You Have To Achieve
It can be frustrating when you are trying to solve a problem and make no progress. It feels like everyone else who walks by is able to achieve it without even breaking a sweat. You may be feeling you're struggling for an hour getting nothing in return but frustration as your reward. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!
It’s the same when it comes to climbing. The climber should not be distracted by their emotions as they focus on the task at hand. The climber's focus should be on taking careful observations of their surroundings and closely looking into how they move between the holds. Now that you’ve got the hang of things, it's time to put your newfound knowledge into practice. Use what has been learned and try some new moves on top!
Putting Yourself Down
Such thoughts are not worth your time and can hold you back from getting better at climbing. You know what your brain wants, but sometimes that's not enough. It can be frustrating when you set out to do something and end up feeling like giving up because of how difficult it may seem at times. And this feeling is intense especially if this has happened before! However, taking a break from the problem or route will allow new ideas which might help focus on finding solutions more quickly.
It’s common that after an injury during climbing, one feels very down. At that point, it’s important to stay positive so that you can heal and get the power to get back in the game. Achieving success will take time and effort, but with perseverance, one could find themselves back on their feet in no time!
Wrapping Up: Mental Strategies For Climbing Skills
It's important to work on your mental game because that is what will make you better at climbing. To improve, focus on strengthening your mind and change the way how you react when you face a challenge.
Training your brain to stay focused on what you’re doing and why it's worth all those hours spent at rock walls will make a world difference. It will help you try new techniques or beating routes that have been giving you trouble before!