Last weekend, I attended a competition with the youth team participants. Each in turn tried a variety of routes with varying degree of success and failure. For all there was frustration, which for most led to distraction. They quickly moved on to a different problem. Interestingly, for a particular individual that frustration just lead to more focus. As I watched his effort increase and his focus remain strong, pointed out to this young man that this was his super power.
We all have superpowers. Most of us do not want to acknowledge or have not even considered what our own superpower might be. What if we were wrong and isn't it a little arrogant? It is an asset to understand it. When you know it, and you use it, climbing not only can become more successful, it can be more fun.
How can you figure out what your strengths? Ask yourself these questions and see if something resonates.
Think of a time when you were climbing at your best. Think about a time when you seemed to be on your A game. The movement you had seemed precise and the holds seemed relatively easy to hold, and yet, it was a route that was challenging for you. Recognize that moment of feeling successful.
1. What led you to that moment?
2. What obstacles did you have to overcome?
3. What was the main challenge for you in being successful on that route?
4. What made the successful attempt successful?
5. What did you do differently on the successful go that you could not do on the other tries?
Take time to actually write down the answers in full detail. Or if you prefer just write a poem about the successful attempt. Yup a poem. And yes, describe the version of you that was able to overcome.
Once you have that paragraphs or the poem, look for the key words that inspire you, that make you take notice in what you wrote and highlight them or underline them. These words hint at your super power. Let's say you have the words focused, determined, calm. Then you are your best when you bring these qualities forward.
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