May 28, 2009

Rest at the Right Time

I realized one of the reasons I sometimes couldn't complete my route was because I didn't learn to take rest at the right time during the climb. I would climb until I was tired then rest and desperately try to hold on long enough (at awkward positions) before climbing again. Often, since the positions are not meant for resting, the longer I rested there, the more tired I was to climb and I would just drop off!

On the other hand, I learnt that before I climbed, I should study the route and designate a few possible resting spots. Upon arriving at those spots, I would gather enough energy to carry on the rest of the route. It is extremely effective!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

As I mentioned earlier, we need to map out our goals. These goals are necessary to also determine when we can afford to rest. I have seen many leaders nurture teams to a point where things begin to work then they decide to rest and return to find that the team has disintegrated. In fact, it was during this time that the team needs them the most!

Know when you can afford that break and celebrate it! Don't celebrate in advance you may come back and find you are where you started.

May 26, 2009

Creating Repeating Waves of Success with Momentum

Today, I had a really good lesson from my coach. He said that I needed more momentum in my climb. Innocently, I attempted it.

After that climb, he said "Momentum is not the same as speed. You need to learn how to use momentum to have better and effortless climb. It is not the same doing it in record time. You can be slow yet having lots of momentum to help you."

An example of how to use momentum to climb is to sway your body enough to get the momentum to catch a holder which is far. This in oppose to just being rigid and jumping for the holder.

He then gave me what seemed like a tough route. To my amazement, I ascended at a steady climb but with momentum, I managed to complete the climb victoriously!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

I am reminded how a lot people get started with a business idea enthusiastically and they try to put everything up quickly and it would eventually fail. On the other hand, we should really pace ourselves steadily. Learn what initiates our momentum best and repeat that every single time you need to make your next move. That one focused step every single time will create unbelievable outcomes!

May 25, 2009

Map Out Your Goals

When rock climbing in an indoor gym, each climb route is graded with color coded hand holds. Often times when a person starts new in rock climbing, we would do free climb (i.e. without following the color holds).

Though it may seem easier, there is often a lot of chaos during the climb as you would need to fumble on best holds when proceeding. It is often difficult to plan ahead your next moves. Hence, it not only slows you down but also tire you quicker.

On the other hand, a climb following a specific color coded route on the other hand can be challenging and requires you to learn specific techniques to complete, yet, the climb is often easier as you know what your next moves are already. This allows for a quick climb. One hold after another hold, before you know it, you are at the top already!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

People often shunt away from setting goals. Whether it is small goals or big goals it is going to get you to the top! By setting small goals it doesn't mean your journey is going to be easier. Hence, set goals which are reasonably challenging that requires personal growth.

Without goals, you are basically looking from the bottom of the wall forever figuring how to get to top without those hand holds. Impossible!

Turn the impossible to possible today, set your daily, monthly, yearly and long term goals that maps towards your financial success!

May 20, 2009

Having Strength for the Final Leap

After learning some techniques in climbing, I wanted to really understand how I make my moves as I climbed. Therefore, I would go slower.

Little did I know that in going too slow I actually impede my climbing growth.


When my coach realised that, he asked me to double up my climbing speed.

What I realised what that it was easier and that I was conserving more energy.

This energy is needed to overcome some areas where it required that extra boost of energy.

When I was climbing slow, I used up that reserve energy and by the time I need it, I was already worn out!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!!

I have met many people who get started in a business venture. They tell themselves that it is okay to go slowly and to get everything right. Little do they know that by doing so, they are actually not going anywhere!

They used up all their time and money resource that when the opportunity arises, they could no longer afford. Hence, lost everything that they were trying to make perfect!

It is okay to have an eye for details but don't be a perfectionist, just do what matters!

May 18, 2009

You Don't Have to do It All Over Again

Often times when I do not have a partner to belay me to climb, I would use the auto belayer. It is easy, you just clip on that 'safety rope' to your harness and the machine will protect you when you fall.

Recently, I had more opportunity to climb with my friends belaying me. Yes, it is sometimes inconvenient as you need to schedule time etc. However, there is an incredible advantage in climbing with a friend belaying.

With auto belaying a single mistake in your climb, means that you would have to start all over again at the bottom as the machine will lower you all the way down.
However, when a friend belays you, either you accidentally lost your hold or you are just tired, the belayer can hold you at that position until you are ready to climb again.

This allows me to continuing climbing from where I stopped and get familiarized with the route for another attempt! All this without wasting time and energy!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

Are you climbing your success journey alone or is someone there to hold you when you fall? Having a person like a mentor supporting you may just mean you getting there in 3 times the speed and 3 times less agony!

There is no prize for repeatedly doing the same mistake, all people wants to see is if you reach the top! Don't do it alone!

Shifting Your Priorities

There are times when I was climbing I would get stuck. I could not let go my hands to move to higher holds as I felt I would immediately loose my balance and fall. Stuck in that position, attempting many time over again to move the hands higher, it just seems so impossible! To a point where, I would be drained off all my strength and eventually fall.

What I learnt today, was just by shifting my weight from one side to another e.g. left to right, I immediately gain strength and balance to move my hands higher! This minute movement seems to trivial yet pivotal!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

Have you ever came to a point where you felt just stuck and not able to process further in your pursuit of success? It is sometimes an overwhelming feeling that drains every bit of our energy.

Often people hold on to past activities and not wanting to shift their priority. This could be just a temporary shift, yet a pivotal thing to do! In most cases, we only need to shift our priorities to make progress.

May 16, 2009

Finding Your Balance

One of the key in climbing successfully is for one to find balance. Of course, there are certain techniques one acquires to ensure this balance. For example, your footing needs to be diagonally from the hand holding.

Despite all the techniques you acquire, what is more important is that with persistent practice, you learn how to internalize and feel this balance for yourself. Every person is built differently and they need to learn how to compliment to that.

For some people, it is learning how to use more foot work. Whilst for others, it is learning how to use their arm strength. Yet some will need to learn how to use their planning skills. No one can tell you if you are right or wrong when you are up there.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

In our journey to success, we may fail many times. It is not a failure until you make it one! If you failed, try other methods to make it work. Don't just give up! Do it over and over again until you internalize how it best works for you. Discover your strength that will create this balance for you. Only when you have understood this for yourself, success happens automatically.

May 13, 2009

Excuses Stops You Here

Recently I had a minor shoulder sprain, I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to climb. As it was my training day, I was tempted to call my coach to postpone. There was this voice inside me the whole morning... to cancel or not?

Anyway, I decided to go for my climb anyway. Am I glad I did it! The shoulder pain did not bug me at all, and I was able to climb. In fact, I managed to do a tougher route. I was really proud of myself for climbing even though I had the excuse not to.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

We often give ourselves many excuses for not doing the things we supposed to do. You know you are supposed to do it but somehow, something happened and you can't do it! We have 101 excuses for not doing something.

Unfortunately, no one wants to know your excuses for not succeeding. They will only be interested in how you succeeded!

Excuses stops you here, action leads you to success!

May 12, 2009

Have a Role Model

A month ago, I went for my first outdoor climb. There was a route where I struggled to even get my big butt up!

Yesterday, I went for my second outdoor climb. I hesitated doing that route again. Nevertheless, when many of my fellow climbers seem to have completed it effortlessly and after prolonged contemplation, I said to myself I can probably do it too!

With that breath of inspiration, I stepped up to the cold hard wall and began my climb.

I was jumping for joy when I finally completed the route!

So why was I able to do it now?

Of course the trainings I did made me more skillful in completing it. Most importantly, I realised my greatest stumbling block the first time was that I had a lot of suppressed fear!


Block by block my confidence was built when I was inspired by others. I mentally defeated the challenge first. I said with a brave heart "I want to be able to do that too!".

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

As you don't know the journey ahead, fear always has its way of crawling in. You need to adopt a winning mindset. Learn to build confidence through persistence and find a role model that you can shadow footsteps to succeed!

Do you have role models who inspires you to succeed?

May 7, 2009

Embracing Challenges

When belaying a climber, sometimes we have a climber who is slightly heavier than the belayer. For an inexperienced belayer, you may wonder if you are strong enough to belay and support.


As the belayer lowers the climber, it is important to ensure that the climber is lowered in a controlled manner. As the climber is lowered down a certain momentum picks up and the belayer may be tempted to slow it down quickly and suddenly. However, when doing just that, the belayer is jerked up.

However, if the belayer just allows the climber to come down at its momentum, it is a smooth down.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

In every pursuit to success, there are bound to be challenges. Just like in climbing there is the up journey as well as the down journey.

Often people resist challenges and in resisting challenges it impacts us even more!

On the other hand, we should embrace challenges. Challenges are gifts and has valuable lessons. It makes us better and stronger.

So next time a challenge comes, enthusiastically say to yourself "oh good! What is it here to teach me!"