The seed was planted by my brother when he very nicely told me to "stop playing the victim" but it was another couple of years before I attended a course and truly "got it".
Since then my life has changed dramatically, I've achieved goal after goal, and I'm still going because there is a lot more I want to do. A year ago I wrote this blog post but I haven't really shared it so here it is - I hope you get value from it.
I had wanted to go to Adrenalin Forest for aaaaaages and finally it was happening. This would be a great opportunity to test my confidence. I’m not scared of heights, per se, I’m more concerned about hurting myself, the mental images of how that might happen and the “what if’s” but you are harnessed in so it’s completely safe. If you slip you won’t fall far so with that danger out of the way, one is free to focus on how to get from point A to point B. It’s a case of mind over matter and perseverance (and not looking down or back). With 3 hours to complete as many levels as one can and 6 levels to do we got started.
Levels one and two were easy. Not too high and it was a good opportunity to work out some strategies and build confidence. As you progress through the levels, there are some obstacles that are the same, just higher up, but you’ve already learned how to deal with those. May be a little bit scarier with “further to fall” but you’ve done it before. All is well. They throw in a couple of new obstacles with each level which require some working out but it keeps it interesting.
One definitely does not get complacent.
What I came to realise is that the most obvious route wasn’t necessarily the easiest or most efficient and I asked myself “why do what everyone else does and make it harder than it needs to be when there is a quicker and easier way to get the same outcome? Why do we have to make things more complicated than they need to be?” This may take some thinking outside the box but why not? After all, it is physically and mentally draining, there’s not really the option to stop and recharge so the going gets tougher the further along the levels you go.
And for some people it will be emotionally draining as well. For those that aren’t quite as confident, fear gets the better of them. One girl in front of us had a particularly challenging time. It was quite a scary obstacle, requiring physical strength as well as mental strength and by that stage, without proper rest and nourishment, one was already quite drained. At this point it is a case of will power and self motivation to keep going, the pain of giving up being stronger than the pain of doing what it takes to get there (thank you Tony Robbins). This girl inched her way along, often stopping, but eventually she got there. I have complete respect and admiration for her simply because she DID NOT GIVE UP!!! It took her longer than others but SHE GOT THERE!!! She dug deep and did what she needed to do reach her goal.
Eventually Laura and I got to the end of level 5 and ran out of time so we didn’t get the chance to do level 6. Without proper rest and nourishment I think that would have taken every last bit of will power and being totally motivated to for me to complete it. It wouldn’t be a case of not being able to do it, it would be a case of burn out, mental fatigue, physical fatigue and that’s where poor judgement creeps in.
- Start small and learn the basics. The basics will keep you going as you get further along.
- Keep putting in new challenges and goals. Don’t get complacent, that’s boring and you’re more likely to stop.
- Keep it simple. Just because everyone is doing it one way doesn’t mean it’s the best way. No need to complicate things more than they need to be when you can get the same result.
- Having said that, there are no short cuts or quick fixes. To reach your goal you have to be consistent and put the effort in. You may not notice “results” straight away but be consistent with the behaviours that will get you to your goal and it will happen. You WILL reach Point B as long as you don’t give up.
- If one path doesn’t work for you, then try a different path. Keep trying all the different paths until you get where you want to be. But just make sure you’re not on the right path and there’s an obstacle in the way. Because there will be obstacles. Identify them and get rid of them.
- And finally, DON’T GIVE UP! Who cares how long it takes you? As Earl Nightingale says “Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway”.
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