3 Business Lessons From Rock Climbing


3 Business Lessons From Rock Climbing

Yesterday, I took a few of my clients rock climbing. What? Why?

Business and personal are connected. And taking myself and my clients rock climbing was a great way to learn a few business and life lessons really quickly. After our experience, we had a debrief around the flip chart about what we learned about business from our experience rock climbing.

So, what are the top 3 lessons we learned? How are rock climbing and business connected?

1. We often give up when we are 90% of the way there.

Rock climbing was well out of my comfort zone – and when I first attempted to climb one of the beginner walls, I started to freak out when I was nearly to the top. I was so tempted to give up, to say, “Yeah, that’ll do”. But pushing through that final 10% and slamming down the button is 100% worth it.

Sometimes in business, we give up just before something is about to work. Or just before something goes big. If you feel like ditching a project, like a course or a program, or perhaps your business altogether, what would it mean to give that final 10% a chance?

2. No matter how high you go, the technique and the steps stay the same.

When climbing, I discovered that it was the same steps repeated over and over consistently that led to success. The higher up the wall you get, fundamentally the steps stay the same. Sure, it might get a bit trickier, but it’s not new.

And I honestly believe it’s the same in business. We often freak out that the more clients we get or the bigger our profile gets that we need to change something radical in our business. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and don’t give up on that final 10%.

As one of my clients said, “Trust the process.”

3. Don’t compare yourself to others.

Some of my clients were seasoned rock climbers/adventurers. So, walking into a rock climbing gym was like a giant playground to them. They flew up the walls with ease. Then, there were those of us for whom the entire experience was well outside our comfort zone. Like totally crapping ourselves scared.

However, while those of us less experienced may not have done the things easily, we smashed through limiting beliefs like, ‘I can’t do this’. Conquering fears and overcoming mindset hurdles is huge.

And it’s the same in business. Some who have had more experience than you can make it look so easy. And you can get demoralised by how easy they make it look. You might wonder why it’s so hard for you. And you might be tempted to give up.

Focus on you. On your journey. Ask for support, but don’t start tearing yourself down because of the achievements of others.

Bonus lesson: have an amazing support team around you.

One of us was really struggling with getting up a wall. But, bravely, this person asked for help. We all rallied around and with a combination of a few pointers and our support, not only did this client conquer one wall; they went on to conquer another with such finesse that it was incredible to watch.

I know for a lot of coaches and thought leaders it can get really lonely if you don’t have a team of people who have your back, who you can turn to when things get tough. A group of people who know what you’re going through and can cheer you on. Or give you technique tips.

And following on from that; don’t be afraid to ask for help. It doesn’t make you weak. It doesn’t make you a lesser business person to get support. To have peers and mentors around you. All successful people have support.

So, if you don’t have a beautiful business community who support you – find one. Whether it’s a mastermind, a mentor, a Meetup group or something else.

Those are my top business lessons from rock climbing. Do you have any interesting insights in the way seemingly non-business activities have business lessons to teach us? I’d love to hear about them!

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