Are there things in your life that you fear or you consider a challenge? Are there things you have said “ I wish I could do that?” Well, I did another thing that I had wanted to do that I considered scary and crazy!
My daughter actually went and I looked at the photos and thought oh wow I really do want to do that but it looked dangerous and scary! I decided to go anyway. When I walked into the building and got signed up, I watched this video about how to harness yourself and be safe and so forth.
As soon as I looked into the area where the high walls and boulders were, I thought “OMG” Because I don’t care for heights. I prayed and quickly overcame those thoughts and made the decision that there was no turning back. I got harnessed up and started on my first rock. It was very challenging! But God was with me!
The first time half way up, I fell off…yep all the way to the ground hanging by the rope because I had not grasp the idea of how to come down safely.
I persistently went up several more times and each time I got higher. (I finally grasp how to come down off the rocks without falling to the ground!)
Ultimately, I enjoyed the challenge. I learned a lot from this experience. Rock climbing is not just a physical challenge but it is mentally challenging. One of the lessons I learned is reaching my goal in getting to the top of the rocks is all about mindset and eliminating fear. I realize that if I was going to climb those rocks I had to make up my mind to eliminate fear and start climbing. I had to think about the end result. Another lesson learned is I’ve got to get in better physical shape (ha ha ) I realized that I really need to work out more and build both upper and lower body strength. A third thing I learned is sometimes you have to change your strategy. As I was trying to get higher up I realized that I kept stepping on the same rocks and going in the same direction and not being able to get any further than a certain point on the boulder. But when I change my direction and pattern in which I was climbing I seemed to get higher up. I also learned that anytime you are set out towards a goal you may fail a few times but if you keep going you will reach your destination. Be persistent.
In business, we must approach it in the same manner, with mindset shift, physical fitness, strategy adjustments, and persistency. If you are marketing one way and it’s not working, try another way. In life we need to not give up so easily because lets face it, challenges are going to be there no matter where you go or what you do; But how you face your challenges will determine how you overcome it.
So 4 lessons to be learned from rock climbing are :
- Mindset – Eliminating fear
- Physical fitness is important
- Sometimes you need to change your strategy
- Failure will happen but persistence is key
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