How your brain buggers things up

Here’s another thing about mindsets, and musings on how everything you do is at least 50% in your head.

When we’re on  climbing holidays we get up earlyish, scoot to a crag, and spend the morning climbing until the sun comes around and it’s too hot. Then we take books to the beach and chill the hell out. 

Blue sky and sunshine, person rock climbing high up.

You need to have the right mindset to approach your business if you want to be successful. Just get on with it.

Thing is, though, climbing out there is not the same as climbing at home. At home, we used to climb at Bear Rock which is the (very good) climbing wall at the University of Warwick. I would happily lead 6a+ climbs and second 6b and work on 6c.

Joe would happily lead 6c climbs and falls off 7a.

Out here, though?

My head starts exploding at 5b. Last year, I was leading 6a+ out here (just – there were tears) after two weeks.

The climbs themselves aren’t that difficult.

So what’s the trouble? What’s the difference?

Our brains.

We’re out of our comfort zone. Outside. Climbing on actual rock rather than holds. And we can’t see where we need to go next. In a climbing wall, you follow a set route of holds of a certain colour, so you always know where you’re going next.

Outside, it’s not always obvious. You need to feel your way.

But still, other than taking a little longer to climb the route, it’s still not that different.

It’s a real head-game, this climbing lark.

That’s where most of the hard work takes place, and much of that happens before you’ve even left the ground, as I found out. Our first day’s climbing went pretty well, but I abandoned cliff on a 6a that Joe had just climbed. Why? Because it scared me. Not because I couldn’t physically climb it; I could have, I know that.

But I talked myself out of it. Just a couple of clips from the top, too.

Hey-ho. There’s always another day.

Game on.

Same in business, comrade.

Want to improve your results? Increase your profits? Work less, make more, and have more time with the people you love? You need to get your head in the game. And just get on with it.

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Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.

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