I am a logical person by nature and hence devise strategies with quantifiable results. As a novice to the sport, physical strength and climbing technique were the obvious/only factors that determined climbing performance (in my mind). I was completely ignorant to the mental aspect of climbing; perhaps because it’s effects are more subtle and much harder to quantify.
Nevertheless, I am more aware of the mental realm and I now understand the benefits and necessity of mental training; not just for success on the rock but with all endeavours in life.
Here are 10 things to train your brain for success:
- Separate your self-image to your climbing.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Stretch your comfort zone.
- Anticipate and proactively manage your risk.
- Fortify your confidence.
- Use vizualisation to foster a peak performance zone.
- Use pre-climb rituals to create an ideal performance state.
- Control stress and tension before they control you.
- Engage in positive self-talk.
- Love climbing, no matter what.
Since mental performance accounts for 33.3% of your climbing potential, I will definitely make an effort integrate these techniques into my routine. Good luck to all those embarking on the same journey!