Mind Over Mountains - My Lessons in Adventure
It's the source behind our every success.
Every mountain top high.
Every finish line.
Every dark, cold, early morning training session.
And also the voice behind our not so greater moments and often our own disappointments.
It's our daily dialogue.
The ongoing conversation we all have.
Our driving force.
I wouldn't be totally honest if I didn't say it is with slight regret that I write this post. It has only been with my increasing number of years and numerous challenges I have set for myself, that I have realised that more than any other single factor, my mindset determines my success.
I hear you say 'Duh'!
Don't get me wrong, I've been a 'motivation junkie' and a 'soul searcher' since my twenties and this want for more understanding of this thing called LIFE. It has seen me on all types of big adventures, but as time passes it is revealed on a daily basis just how much more power my mind actually has.
And regretfully how much of it I have under utilised it in that time.
'What you think is what you become'
Without wanting this to sound like a cliche, the difference between who you are and who you want to be stems from that voice. When it comes to getting out of your comfort zone and living large, that voice has infinite power, it can see you celebrating with champagne or sitting on the sidelines in tears.
Once you control its self serving outbursts at inopportune times, cue my vision of the Furber Stairs in The Northface100, and change its relentless dialogue, which by the way is just trying to keep you from feeling all sorts of pain, you can immediately improve your daily outlook and your life in general.
And a big plus, your comfort zone walls begin to crumble allowing for a bigger bite out of life, more fun and a renewed energy of your spirit.
Here are some of the mind set practices I am now familiar with and learning to develop through my life's adventures to date. Over the years I have used them in tough times, during personal challenges, in my career and grand adventures, sometimes successfully, other times not so much. I hope they help you too.
The Open To Learning Mindset
If you are unwilling to learn, no one can help you; if you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.
Just because you are struggling, with new skills or the like doesn't mean you're not learning. Every failure has something to teach you, and everything you learn helps you grow.
Every great success requires some kind of struggle, and to be honest without the struggle adventures are never quite as memorable.
Understand Your Fears Mindset
Fear always shows up when you are breaking new ground. Having courage and showing courage means facing those fears and saying "I am scared and I am going on anyway." Like your muscles, your courage mindset is strengthened when it's used often.
Goals, Plans & Outcomes Mindset
Knowing what it is you want, your outcome ie climbing Mt Kiliminjaro and knowing what you are willing to do to reach it ie begin a training plan, are two different things. When you know your daily goals and link them to your final outcome, those daily processes motivate you to move forward. Set your goals high and don't stop until you reach them.
Stay Focused Mindset
Losing focus and allowing procrastination to set in is definitely a stone in your shoe on the climb towards your summit.
One of the best ways I find to keep from being distracted or allowing myself to procrastinate, is try to stay in the here and now, concentrate on everything going on in this particular moment. When the mind is everywhere, bring it back to the now. Worrying about future or past moments in time, drain energy from where you are.
Disciplining your mind to do this is the bridge between goals and your accomplishments.
Find The Positive Mindset
A great attitude, looking for the best in people and situations goes a long way when it comes to disciplining your daily actions so you move closer to your dreams. Always finding reasons why 'you can' do something allows your brain to go looking for answers as to how. Being positive is like giving permission to just do it!
Developing A Self Trust Mindset
A really tough one, and it's always the most relentless, but to do anything great, you have to be able to trust yourself and believe in your capabilities. It's a more difficult one for women in this new world of adventure that is opening up, where we normally haven't ventured.
You have to have the confidence to banish those negative voices in your head. They are definitely not going to help you perform in any great way unless you have the power to say
'STOP! That's not true!'
And then be able to recite the reasons why you can, you're prepared, you're fit, you're willing, you're able - dampen the volume of your voice with the facts.
Possibly the most important, mindset to have, is to never give up on yourself.
Stay Hungry & Be Patient Mindset
Sometimes no matter how hard you believe you have tried, you have to be patient and work even harder to see the top.
Learn to enjoy all aspects of your journey and don't expect instant BIG results. Celebrating the little achievements along the way not only makes smile, but hungry for more and the time fly as well.