August 27, 2009

Efficiency and Effectiveness Ensures Stamina for the Long Journey Ahead

My coach gave me this new traversing route to do. I managed to do. However, I was totally exhausted after the climb. Then when he did the route, he did it so gracefully and effortlessly. I was studying his moves. I realized that whilst I was attempting to complete the route focusing on moving my hands. I didn't not pay a lot attention to my footing. All I did was to make sure that I was balanced.

However, my coach ensured that his footing was firm and that he constantly could put his entire weight on the foot rather than the arms. This is a much more efficient and effective way to climb.

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

We may be able to complete a lot of things. However, are we doing it the most efficient and effective way. Sure we are not aiming to be professionals, however, success do require us to have lots of stamina to withstand the long journey ahead.

August 17, 2009

Your Greatest Lesson is When You Teach

The other day, there was a fellow climber who was attempting to do a route. I noticed she was struggling to pass a particular section, I offered my advice to her. As there were other more senior climbers there, honestly, I was not confident if the advice I offered was right.

Well turned out what I did was ok and I also learnt a few other techniques. I also realized the technique that I was using may not be the best as it requires more strength but it suited the type of climber I am.

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

We often prefer to be given our lessons. However, sometimes the greatest lessons comes when you are coaching or teaching someone else. The person that learns the most is actually the coach rather than the student.

You don't have to be an expert to start offering your advice, in fact, you should offer your advice today and be really prepared to learn!

August 10, 2009

Work On Your Strength Not Your Weakness

Most people attempting to climb for the first time inevitably says that climbing is very tiring and that you need a lot of upper body strength.

Nevertheless, a trained climber can usually do at least 3 times more routes than a beginner and yet not feel as tired as a beginner. Nope... it is not the fitness level of the person. I have seen people who work out vigorously in gyms suffering from the same challenge too.

Why?

It is all about using your strengths better.

The beginner usually uses the their arms to pull themselves up in the climb. Whilst a trained climber would use their legs to push themselves up.

Naturally the later is more effective as the legs has much stronger muscles and the arms are only used to support and balance.

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

Most of us are brought up in an environment where we are told to build on the weaknesses we have to make us succeed. However, how much improve can you really get doing that? In fact, what one has to really do is just focus on their strength and build on that strength. You will find that the incremental improvement is significant better that will create massive success for you.

If you are good with dealing with people, your career should allow majority of your time being spent there! If you are good with analysis, your career should allow you to spend majority of your time there. You will find that you excel.

Hence, are you spending majority of your time on your area of strength?

August 4, 2009

The Journey Is About You And Not A Competition

Often times we tend to compare ourselves to others. I would look at how good others are climbing and compare them with myself. Sometimes I feel I am not good when I see some beginners tend to climb really well. This competitive streak makes me frustrated.

Nevertheless, what I initially didn't understand is that person has better strength or better stamina. They may be smarter or they have less fear.

All this makes each of our journey to the top different and it is really our own journey that matters!

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

Quite often we compare ourselves with others, the cars people have, the job people has etc. Sometimes we rationalize why we don't have it. Sometimes we get angry and frustrated not having it.

Ultimately, don't forget that our journey in life is to thrive to the top! And that this journey is different for each of us. It is not a competition rather it is our thrive for the growth in us that makes a difference.