Quick & Easy Climbing Motivation Tip #1
The weather is nice and crisp, perfect for Fall climbing.
But, ironically, when the weather is perfect, I actually find it more difficult to motivate myself to finish a project. Instead, I enjoy the good weather from the sidelines, watching friends, or choose casual and easy problems to climb instead.
Even when you’re crazy about climbing, finding motivation to finish a project can be difficult. That last bit of “umph” that takes you from projecting to sending is both elusive and essential.
Luckily, I’ve found an easy way to overcome mental blockages. Make a bet.
Sure, I’m also a competitive person. But there’s something about a harmless wager that brings back my sending spirit.
The other day it was simple. Send this climb and you win a beer (or lose and pay a beer). Send this climb and you get to choose the dinner place (or lose and eat at an obscure restaurant). Send this climb and win a massage (or lose and give a massage). Wear stretch pants the next climbing day, grow a mustache, climb in a costume… It’s silly. It’s small. It works.
On bad weather days in the gym, this method is especially productive. I found myself laughing, flailing, and then surprisingly sending problems I had already been working on for a few sessions.
Yes, of course, I wanted to finish these problems… but something about the added bonus of a bet—the threat of losing something when you fail—made all the difference.
In the end, maybe it wasn’t the bet at all. Maybe it was the general lightheartedness of the session that put my mind and body at ease, eliminated “sending” anxiety, and created the atmosphere I needed.
Nevertheless, I’m keeping this arrow in my quiver the next time I having trouble hitting my target climb for the day.
Got your own, quick and easy climbing motivation tip? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Meanwhile, watch how we do “friendly” monthly competition at my local gym in Paris, France, Bloc’Out.