Title: Climb Differently to Shrink the Moment

In the last two lessons we examined how to create micro moments for the tasks of falling, resting, and thinking. In this lesson we’ll look at the task of moving. Moving occurs after we’ve committed time and attention to resting and thinking. We’ll tend to rush the moving process if we haven’t thoroughly thought about the risk and understand the consequence. So, the first requirements for creating a process focus, when moving, is doing effective resting and thinking.

The goal, once we commit to moving, is to shrink the moment so the process of moving is made up of many micro moments. Our usual approach, when climbing, is end result based. This approach manifests itself in how we physically climb. An end result approach causes our attention to be focused on getting to the next rest stance where we’ll be comfortable. Attention will not be present for the actual climbing we’re doing.

Having an end result approach contracts our attention and how we physically climb. Our breathing becomes shallow or we hold our breath; we get tunnel vision and miss possible holds we could use; we create unnecessary tension in our muscles; we make high steps. We need to shift to a process approach that creates many micro moments. We accomplish this by physically changing how we climb.

Recall the BERP elements from Espresso Lessons for keeping attention in the moment. These elements stand for breathing, eyes, relax, and posture…using our bodies appropriate for the task. To shrink the moment for moving we need to breathe continuously, keep eyes focused on each move, stay as relaxed as possible by loosening our grip and lowering our heels, and use our bodies appropriate for moving efficiently. Making small steps and moving continuously is an effective way of moving our bodies in a process manner.

When we commit to moving, we focus our attention on continuous breathing, moving, making small steps, and maintaining eye contact on the holds. Doing this shifts our attention to the micro moments that make up climbing and helps us process the stress effectively so we can stay present.

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