“Let Me Down!” I called down to my belayer. My belayer was also my 11 year-old daughter, a skilled rock climber. and my rock climbing coach. I was climbing up the project she assigned me, a 5.7 rated climb with an overhang (imagine that, an assignment from your child?!) I had just reached the 1/2 way point of the climb and wasn’t sure how or if I could make the next move. I could feel the forces of gravity pulling me down at the same time I was attempting to climb higher. At this point, a voice in my head began saying: “Give up, the next move is too hard, you are not strong enough!”
Was it too hard? Was I really not strong enough? For a fleeting moment, a different voice also spoke, contradicting the first. This second voice was being logical, it knew I was strong and that I could make the move. It was challenging but within my reach, literally. This mental road block that the first voice presented held me back, I succumbed and let go of the wall.
Why do we let that doubting voice deter us? Listening to the negative commentary in our mind, we avoid opportunities to take chances, to be our best. This robs us of the opportunity to learn what we are truly capable of and experience the joy in the process of overcoming a challenge. At these moments, what we really need is to continue to move, to go for it! Rock climbing is the perfect opportunity to practice shifting focus from the doubtful voice and consider a realm of possibilities that includes success. If you have done your practicing/exercising you can do it! The “it” may not come in the first attempt, but the “it” is within reach. Find the movements you need and GO FOR IT! The more often we face doubt head on, the easier it becomes to move beyond the negative words, and be your best! It’s all about movement, both physical and mental!
Instead of calling, “Let me down!” Go for it!