Lessons From the Wall: Part 3 (Sticking with It)

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How many times have you started something new and never finished it?

Do you ever find random objects whilst sorting through your stuff and think, "I'd totally forgotten that I was going to do that"?

 

Sticking With It

Many people suffer from this problem of not finishing something they've started and that's why working with a coach is becoming more and more popular. 

I, myself, have done this countless times. In fact, for me, following through is a real challenge. Why? It's not because I'm lazy, far from it. It's because I get distracted. I am an ideas person, so I'm constantly thinking of new exciting possibilities which can easily send me off on a tangle of tangents that lead me to never finding the main road again! Of course, having lots of creative ideas can be a very useful skill when helping a coaching client find different solutions for a particular challenge however, to get truly good at something you need to stay focussed and stick with it. This is assuming that you've taken steps to make sure that what you've decided to commit yourself to do is something you actually want to do. Even with the natural raw talent that Andy Murray has, he wouldn't be a world class medal winning sports person without having stuck with it for such a long time.

 

How to make sure you Stick With It

So, you've explored your ideas, tested them and made a commitment to your new goal. How are you going to make sure you stick with it? 

Get support

Andy Murray didn't win his gold medal at the Olympics, defeating his biggest rival Federer just having decided one day he'd like to play tennis and having dabbled in it from time to time. He had focus, commitment and a whole team behind him; his girlfriend, his parents, his coach and probably a whole array of other specialists. If Murray ever had a lazy-can't-be-bothered or I'd-rather-do-something-else day, he'd not just be letting himself down, he'd be letting down his whole team. Dodging a commitment becomes so much more difficult when there's someone else in the picture. This is one of the main reasons that having a personal coach is so powerful – you're not only paying good money for them which you don't want to waste, you also don't want the embarassment of having nothing to report in your next session.

Support can take all shapes and forms. I go climbing with Adam which is a great motivation for me because:

  1. I get to spend time with him.
  2. I have someone to share my successes and enjoyment with.
  3. We motivate and help each other both on the wall and when one or the other is feeling tired or lazy.

It's also true that the more frequently we go, the better we get to know the other climbers who give us additional encouragement when stuck up a wall and not sure how to move up or down!

Who is your cheerleader?

Who is cheering you on, there to motivate you, support you and kick your butt when you need it? Is it a friend? Your partner? A group you attend? A teacher? A coach? Find someone that is motivating, inspiring, enjoyable to spend time with and who is willing to be firm with you from time to time.

Who will you choose? Share below!

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