“You can’t do anymore.” “Too hard, stop.” These are some of the things the voice inside my head calls out when the challenge seems too great. These messages have invaded my focus at the trapeze rig, in the practice room, in concert and recently while scaling the walls at the rock gym. While flying through the air on the trapeze there really is no time to pause and consider the task at hand, but on the rock wall there is time, usually for me as I consider my next move. Sometimes I hear the message when the next move seems to difficult, and other times it speaks when my position on the wall feels unstable. Climbing has given me the opportunity to confront and move beyond the imaginary limits that my mind is quick to impose. How do I move beyond? In rock climbing, I reassure myself that I will not fall, I am tied into a belayer on the ground; and remember that I can move a hand or foot to another hold to gain stability.
Flying and performing don’t offer the time to consider limits. In these situations, I find the thought comes before the phrase or before I leap. The distracting thought has the power to sabotage a good trick or performance if it is the focus. Rock climbing has given me the opportunity to repeatedly face these negative and unrealistic thoughts, acknowledge them, and move forward more easily, more effortlessly. This process is“You can’t do anymore.” “Too hard, stop.” These are some of the things the voice inside my head calls out when the challenge seems too great. This process is excellent practice for moving beyond imagined mental limits in both the practice room and on the concert stage. Proving to myself time and time again, that my capabilities are virtually limitless is the key to dealing with this voice. Throughout the process, I carefully listen to my body to be sure that the activity is not too much physically. Most of the time, the ability is not the problem, the voice inside is.
Empower yourself to move beyond the imaginary limits of your mind. Facing your limiting thoughts in another activity, such as rock climbing, flying trapeze, or dancing, may be just what you need to uncover what you are truly capable of.