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Climbing the learning curve

The curve between conscious incompetence and unconscious competence is at times a slow one. It just feels like we’re not learning the trick of the trade quickly enough. At least, that’s how I’m feeling…

The curve between conscious incompetence and unconscious competence is at times a slow one. It just feels like we’re not learning the tricks of the trade quickly enough. At least, that’s how I’m feeling…

Kim climbingI’ve taken up a new sport in the past few months. Running and basketball have kept my fitness at good levels over the years, but this last addition to my athletic regime is completely different. It has forced me to use my body in unfamiliar ways; my world has become slightly more vertical… I’m referring to climbing.

I love the opportunity to challenge myself in an activity that’s poles apart from what I’m accustomed to. Yet the learning curve is still a little too flat for my liking. I wish I was good. I mean really good. Now.

In the first couple of months, I found myself easily excited by small improvements and demoralised by failures. I was very tenacious on the wall, yet impatient when progress lacked. I sought positive encouragement, although I didn’t quite believe in it. There was a continuous bend, twist and turn in my attitude.

I haven’t moved far from the consciously incompetent square, but somewhere along the way – possibly between a rock and a hard place, so to speak – I realised that this monkey business was just as much mental as it was technical. It’s a lesson I learnt and reflected on multiple times in the past (especially while marathon running), yet it didn’t register on my first step up the wall. I suppose it’s easy to forget how capable we are when placed on unfamiliar grounds…

So here you’ve got it… Stretch your limits and believe you can take that next step. As the saying goes: “It’s easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is much better at the top!”

 

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