In my last e-Lesson, I discussed the importance of how we approach our climbing goals. When we consider what we want to learn from a route and pay attention to our process, we are more likely to feel fulfilled in its accomplishment. This fulfillment creates sustainable motivation and allows our climbing to fuel positive change in all areas of our lives. Today, I’d like to share the story of a climber in our community who inspires me to be intentional about the path that I take towards sending.
In the short film Ecopoint, my friend Sofie Paulus talks about the way that she allows her work as an ecologist to inform her climbing, and how this allows her to live by her values as she projects challenging routes.
Sofie realized that there was a disconnect between her values as a climate activist and the travel-intensive nature of climbing. She decided to set a goal that would be more aligned with her values: to complete a hard project that she traveled to by bike and on foot, rather than traveling by car or plane. Accomplishing the goal wasn’t easy- Sofie would arrive at the project with tired legs and still have to execute moves at her limit. When she accomplished the goal, though, Sofie shared that the fulfillment came not just from clipping the chains, but also from the way that she approached the goal in the first place.
Sofie’s journey can teach us all about the importance of approaching a goal in a meaningful way and taking small steps to live by our values as we climb. As you watch Sofie’s film, notice your reaction. Are you inspired by her approach? Do you notice that you feel rushed to accomplish goals that matter to you or find excuses for why it is challenging for you to live by your values and work towards your climbing goals?
What would it mean for you to take small steps towards approaching your goals in a meaningful way?