Lessons To The Top With Rock Climbing Leadership Activities

leadership activities

Learning is twice more effective when you experience it deep to the core of your bones and feel the emotions of success. Rock climbing is one of many leadership activities that affords you these lessons to success.

What has leadership got to do with success?


Robert Kiyosaki says... "Money always flows to the direction of leadership."
    Feel it...
                Remember it...
                                        Replicate it...

The Fear Never Goes Away Be Aware Of It

As my climbing improves, I am moving on to new routes, some of them tougher and higher grades. One must think that I am brave and I do not have fear climbing especially when I am getting better.

The funny thing is that the fear actually grows as I take on more challenges in climbing. The fear sometimes overwhelms that I even decide not to proceed with a climb.

I realised that this fear does not really go away, I just have to face it. And when I do, the results are amazing, I have a beautiful climb! Plus lots of satisfaction of reaching the top!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

As you have been following this blog, I am sure you realized how I often talked about fear. Think about it, what happens to your life if you just decided to ignore fear and do what your heart tells you. Wouldn't your outcomes be significantly different?

The funny thing is that a lot of people just try to suppress this fear in order to create the necessary actions. However, you should know by now, that fear never really goes away. In fact it probably builds up over time resulting in lack of results.

On the otherhand, success is about just being aware of that fear and just learning how to cope with it the best possible way we know to achieve the results we want.

What is your greatest fear stopping you from massive results? Lets decide to just face it one more day, and one more day as you know the massive success you will reap tomorrow!

Don't Listen To That Nasty Voice

I was attempting a new route. Two thirds on the way up, I was holding on a bit to figure how to continue and was getting a bit tired. I didn't have much confidence in completing it. I had this voice creeping up "just let go and try again later when you have regained more energy to complete it".

You know that voice, don't you?

Well, with the encouragement of my fellow climbers, I hold on and continued my climb. It was scary as I didn't have much energy to hold on, yet I was still climbing. To my very surprise, I managed to complete it! It was the most victorious feeling!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

All of us are victims of this little voice inside us, it creeps up on us, telling us we can't do this, we shouldn't do this... etc.

There is also another voice that encourages us. Sometimes the nasty voice dominates and we seem to agree with it. Kind of like Smeagal in Lord of the Rings.

Our role in achieving success is to learn to listen to that encouraging voice and to shut off the pessimism of the nasty voice.

Try listening to only that encouraging voice for the next 30 days. See what happens!

Know Your Challenges and Study How You Should React


There is this route in my lead climb which I made several attempts but failed to complete and had to take falls. As I experienced more of the fall my fear was starting to build up which didn't help my further attempts. So, I sat down and analyzed the route learnt where were my challenges which boiled down to 3 major areas. Firstly, I need to identify where I can rest during the climb to regain my energy for the rest of the climb. During these rest, I need to ensure that I rest completely.

Secondly, I was not clipping the rope fast enough. This resulted in me using up more of my energy than necessary.

Third but not least, I identified portions of the route where I struggled. I memorized the moments that I need to make during that time. This allowed me to pass through that fast without pausing to think which helps elevate my fear.

Having analyzed the climb, it not only allowed me to complete the route but very important is that I had my fear under control!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

It is like the business, do we really dedicate enough time to understand our challenges and decide how we need to react? Many people can identify their challenges but they don't understand it. Most importantly they do not decide on what is the best way to react that will result in a favorable outcome. Challenges are inevitable. However, repeating that challenge all the time is stupidity! Clearly decide how you are going to react to your challenges today.

Overcome the Fear of Failing

Recently, I learnt to lead climb. Lead climbing is tougher as it requires more stamina and strength. Most importantly, there is greater risk of fall and the fall distance is usually greater. Nonetheless, I was not too concerned about it.

As part of the training, my coach intentionally let me take that fall when I slipped. The distance that I fell was quite significant and only then I felt the fear of falling. I realized that was important as part of the training not only in preparation for me in case of a fall but also have a calm mind when climbing since I had faced the fall previously.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

Most people plan for best things to happen on their road to success. Nevertheless, they do not plan and anticipate for challenges ahead. It doesn't mean that we want bad things to happen, by planning and anticipating details, it feeds greater confidence for your journey.

Admit that challenges are inevitable and it is our readiness to fight them that truly makes us a hero!

Don't Hold So Tightly to What You Have

As I was upgrading my climbing skills, my hand holds on the routes are smaller and I realized that my arms was getting really tired faster than usual. I though I was not climbing correctly and was using my footing wrongly.

I consulted my trainer, he said "don't hold on the holders too tight!"

Turns out, I was afraid and was holding on tighter to each holder. But I didn't realise that was consuming energy! I could barely complete my climb at times!

Leadership Activities: Dont' believe me... Feel it!

Have you reached the top?

Then why hold on so tightly to what you have as it is not permanent! For example, I met many people who wants to improve their lives and start their own business. But they are not willing to make a calculated risk to invest with the money they have. So, how can anyone expect things to change?

What do you need to let go today for the promise of the brighter future?

Rest at the Right Time

I realized one of the reasons I sometimes couldn't complete my route was because I didn't learn to take rest at the right time during the climb. I would climb until I was tired then rest and desperately try to hold on long enough (at awkward positions) before climbing again. Often, since the positions are not meant for resting, the longer I rested there, the more tired I was to climb and I would just drop off!

On the other hand, I learnt that before I climbed, I should study the route and designate a few possible resting spots. Upon arriving at those spots, I would gather enough energy to carry on the rest of the route. It is extremely effective!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

As I mentioned earlier, we need to map out our goals. These goals are necessary to also determine when we can afford to rest. I have seen many leaders nurture teams to a point where things begin to work then they decide to rest and return to find that the team has disintegrated. In fact, it was during this time that the team needs them the most!

Know when you can afford that break and celebrate it! Don't celebrate in advance you may come back and find you are where you started.

Creating Repeating Waves of Success with Momentum

Today, I had a really good lesson from my coach. He said that I needed more momentum in my climb. Innocently, I attempted it.

After that climb, he said "Momentum is not the same as speed. You need to learn how to use momentum to have better and effortless climb. It is not the same doing it in record time. You can be slow yet having lots of momentum to help you."

An example of how to use momentum to climb is to sway your body enough to get the momentum to catch a holder which is far. This in oppose to just being rigid and jumping for the holder.

He then gave me what seemed like a tough route. To my amazement, I ascended at a steady climb but with momentum, I managed to complete the climb victoriously!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

I am reminded how a lot people get started with a business idea enthusiastically and they try to put everything up quickly and it would eventually fail. On the other hand, we should really pace ourselves steadily. Learn what initiates our momentum best and repeat that every single time you need to make your next move. That one focused step every single time will create unbelievable outcomes!

Map Out Your Goals

When rock climbing in an indoor gym, each climb route is graded with color coded hand holds. Often times when a person starts new in rock climbing, we would do free climb (i.e. without following the color holds).

Though it may seem easier, there is often a lot of chaos during the climb as you would need to fumble on best holds when proceeding. It is often difficult to plan ahead your next moves. Hence, it not only slows you down but also tire you quicker.

On the other hand, a climb following a specific color coded route on the other hand can be challenging and requires you to learn specific techniques to complete, yet, the climb is often easier as you know what your next moves are already. This allows for a quick climb. One hold after another hold, before you know it, you are at the top already!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

People often shunt away from setting goals. Whether it is small goals or big goals it is going to get you to the top! By setting small goals it doesn't mean your journey is going to be easier. Hence, set goals which are reasonably challenging that requires personal growth.

Without goals, you are basically looking from the bottom of the wall forever figuring how to get to top without those hand holds. Impossible!

Turn the impossible to possible today, set your daily, monthly, yearly and long term goals that maps towards your financial success!

Having Strength for the Final Leap

After learning some techniques in climbing, I wanted to really understand how I make my moves as I climbed. Therefore, I would go slower.

Little did I know that in going too slow I actually impede my climbing growth.


When my coach realised that, he asked me to double up my climbing speed.

What I realised what that it was easier and that I was conserving more energy.

This energy is needed to overcome some areas where it required that extra boost of energy.

When I was climbing slow, I used up that reserve energy and by the time I need it, I was already worn out!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!!

I have met many people who get started in a business venture. They tell themselves that it is okay to go slowly and to get everything right. Little do they know that by doing so, they are actually not going anywhere!

They used up all their time and money resource that when the opportunity arises, they could no longer afford. Hence, lost everything that they were trying to make perfect!

It is okay to have an eye for details but don't be a perfectionist, just do what matters!

Shifting Your Priorities

There are times when I was climbing I would get stuck. I could not let go my hands to move to higher holds as I felt I would immediately loose my balance and fall. Stuck in that position, attempting many time over again to move the hands higher, it just seems so impossible! To a point where, I would be drained off all my strength and eventually fall.

What I learnt today, was just by shifting my weight from one side to another e.g. left to right, I immediately gain strength and balance to move my hands higher! This minute movement seems to trivial yet pivotal!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

Have you ever came to a point where you felt just stuck and not able to process further in your pursuit of success? It is sometimes an overwhelming feeling that drains every bit of our energy.

Often people hold on to past activities and not wanting to shift their priority. This could be just a temporary shift, yet a pivotal thing to do! In most cases, we only need to shift our priorities to make progress.

You Don't Have to do It All Over Again

Often times when I do not have a partner to belay me to climb, I would use the auto belayer. It is easy, you just clip on that 'safety rope' to your harness and the machine will protect you when you fall.

Recently, I had more opportunity to climb with my friends belaying me. Yes, it is sometimes inconvenient as you need to schedule time etc. However, there is an incredible advantage in climbing with a friend belaying.

With auto belaying a single mistake in your climb, means that you would have to start all over again at the bottom as the machine will lower you all the way down. However, when a friend belays you, either you accidentally lost your hold or you are just tired, the belayer can hold you at that position until you are ready to climb again.

This allows me to continuing climbing from where I stopped and get familiarized with the route for another attempt! All this without wasting time and energy!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

Are you climbing your success journey alone or is someone there to hold you when you fall? Having a person like a mentor supporting you may just mean you getting there in 3 times the speed and 3 times less agony!

There is no prize for repeatedly doing the same mistake, all people wants to see is if you reach the top! Don't do it alone!

Finding Your Balance

One of the key in climbing successfully is for one to find balance. Of course, there are certain techniques one acquires to ensure this balance. For example, your footing needs to be diagonally from the hand holding.

Despite all the techniques you acquire, what is more important is that with persistent practice, you learn how to internalize and feel this balance for yourself. Every person is built differently and they need to learn how to compliment to that.

For some people, it is learning how to use more foot work. Whilst for others, it is learning how to use their arm strength. Yet some will need to learn how to use their planning skills. No one can tell you if you are right or wrong when you are up there.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

In our journey to success, we may fail many times. It is not a failure until you make it one! If you failed, try other methods to make it work. Don't just give up! Do it over and over again until you internalize how it best works for you. Discover your strength that will create this balance for you. Only when you have understood this for yourself, success happens automatically.

Excuses Stops You Here

Recently I had a minor shoulder sprain, I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to climb. As it was my training day, I was tempted to call my coach to postpone. There was this voice inside me the whole morning... to cancel or not?

Anyway, I decided to go for my climb anyway. Am I glad I did it! The shoulder pain did not bug me at all, and I was able to climb. In fact, I managed to do a tougher route. I was really proud of myself for climbing even though I had the excuse not to.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

We often give ourselves many excuses for not doing the things we supposed to do. You know you are supposed to do it but somehow, something happened and you can't do it! We have 101 excuses for not doing something.

Unfortunately, no one wants to know your excuses for not succeeding. They will only be interested in how you succeeded!

Excuses stops you here, action leads you to success!

Have a Role Model

A month ago, I went for my first outdoor climb. There was a route where I struggled to even get my big butt up!

Yesterday, I went for my second outdoor climb. I hesitated doing that route again. Nevertheless, when many of my fellow climbers seem to have completed it effortlessly and after prolonged contemplation, I said to myself I can probably do it too!

With that breath of inspiration, I stepped up to the cold hard wall and began my climb.

I was jumping for joy when I finally completed the route!

So why was I able to do it now?

Of course the trainings I did made me more skillful in completing it. Most importantly, I realised my greatest stumbling block the first time was that I had a lot of suppressed fear!


Block by block my confidence was built when I was inspired by others. I mentally defeated the challenge first. I said with a brave heart "I want to be able to do that too!".

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

As you don't know the journey ahead, fear always has its way of crawling in. You need to adopt a winning mindset. Learn to build confidence through persistence and find a role model that you can shadow footsteps to succeed!

Do you have role models who inspires you to succeed?

Embracing Challenges

When belaying a climber, sometimes we have a climber who is slightly heavier than the belayer. For an inexperienced belayer, you may wonder if you are strong enough to belay and support.


As the belayer lowers the climber, it is important to ensure that the climber is lowered in a controlled manner. As the climber is lowered down a certain momentum picks up and the belayer may be tempted to slow it down quickly and suddenly. However, when doing just that, the belayer is jerked up.

However, if the belayer just allows the climber to come down at its momentum, it is a smooth down.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

In every pursuit to success, there are bound to be challenges. Just like in climbing there is the up journey as well as the down journey. Often people resist challenges and in resisting challenges it impacts us even more!

On the other hand, we should embrace challenges. Challenges are gifts and has valuable lessons. It makes us better and stronger.

So next time a challenge comes, enthusiastically say to yourself "oh good! What is it here to teach me!"

Get In The Zone

There are times when I would go climbing just to make sure I worked out for that day and rush off as I have other matters to attend to in my busy schedule.

However, there are times when I would go climbing totally focused on climbing. Its amazing as I not only have lots of fun, it also seem like time just stood still. Nothing else seem to matter.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

Your success is not directly proportional to the amount of time you invest but rather, how focused you are when you are in that pursuit.

Leave everything aside and dedicate to your success today!

Success Does Not Happen By Accident

Recalling the first time I met my personal trainer, I was admiring how gracefully and effortlessly he climbs. Not only that, he had the physic most of us desire... perfectly toned muscular body with his washboard abdominal. I wanted to be like him... and I wanted it fast!

As he shared his experience, I then realized, the amount of effort attributed to making him who he is today. For example, he has already been climbing for the last 10 years and began climbing at a very young age. Besides that, he had a mentor to teach him and he had to go through back breaking training the whole day, everyday or years! No wonder he is one of the top climbers in the country.

For anyone to attain that level of competency, there is tremendous practice required.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

It is very easy to look at success and want it immediately. What people fail to understand is that success does not happen by accident. It requires lots of work and planning.

Exude Confidence As A Leader


When you do rock climbing, it is essential to have a belayer. The belayer is the person that will pull the ropes as you climb so that if you fail, the rope will catch your fall.

The person who is belaying obviously have to know what he is doing and constantly keep his eye on the climber. A second of distraction can result in fatality

Hence, the climber needs to have the confidence and faith on the belayer

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

Being a leader, we need to be a good belayer. We need to exude that total care and focus to ensure that our team has total faith and confidence in doing what they are doing.


When I initially started rock climbing, I picked up a few techniques from observing people around me and through discussion with friends. Nonetheless, I felt my progress was rather slow.

Being introduced to one of the top climbers in the country, I managed to convince him to coach me.

That was the best decision I made, the first session with him made a world of difference to my climbing. He was able to identify little things that I can improve for a better climb.

In fact, I would say my climb improved 4 folds from just that 1 hour he spent with me!

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

My mentor once told me...

"Doing what you are doing today, will anything change?"

However, which areas do you need improvements?

"If you knew it, wouldn't it already reflect in your bank account?"

So who is mentoring you to success today?

Encouraging Persistence

I realised I was almost compulsively addicted to climbing a month or two into climbing. I would go climb almost everyday. I couldn't understand this dying persistence I had.

Later, I realised that it was because I would have this route that I intended to complete when I climb. However, when I don't get to complete it, on that day or I didn't do good completing it, I was determined to master it the next day.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

In our journey to success, we are bound to meet challenges. It is important to focus on the goal of completing the journey. Focusing on the goals will keep us persistently consistent to succeed.

Working Hard Versus Working Smart

When I initially got started in rock climbing. Though I was able to climb to the top, it was extremely tiring and my muscles would be sore for a long time.

Then I learnt some useful skills from my personal trainer. Not only was I able to get to the top tiredlessly, but I could do it a few times over.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

Just like our journey to success, you need the endurance to succeed. Working hard without acquiring the skills is not going to get you very far.

Do you spend enough time to master some skills to succeed?

Conquering Fear

It was really interesting for me as I spoke to a few avid climbers to realize that they have a fear of heights. Yet they are chose to conquer their fear by facing it.

Leadership Activities: Don't believe me... Feel it!

In pursuit of success, we often face fear. F.E.A.R. really means

Whilst some people choose to shy away from their fear. Have you decided to conquer fear by facing it head on?

Aha! Recession

Am I Safe From The Current Economic Recession? Worse EconomicCrisis since the Great Depression, by year 2010, one in two will loosetheir job. Your friends just lost their jobs, you are a good employeeso you won't loose your job. Right?

Continue reading "Aha! Recession"

[?] Subscribe To This Site

follow us in feedly
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines


Business Newsletter
Business Newsletter Empowering Your Success

Free Home Business Ideas
Start Free Business In 30 Minutes

Small Business Ideas
Achieve Success Effortlessly


Subscribe to
Aha! Newsletter



I keep this private

Follow Aha! Blog too

Useful Websites


Discover more about personal development, leadership training and team growth. If you want a normal corporate coach, there are a dime a dozen. But if you want someone who will push you, challenge you and shift you side ways...

Blog Directory

Introduction To Leadership Activities

You know how sometimes you have this desire to do something?

Perhaps play the piano, dance samba, sky diving.

There just isn't an apparent reason...

Well... I had this desire to rock climb for many years. Recently, I met a friend and finally had the opportunity to rock climb.

It is truly a thrilling experience for me.

Not only it is a good form of exercise, but also one of many good leadership activities. I realised it offers many lessons that I have learnt to succeed in life especially in leadership.

My sharing here aims to promote to you rock climbing as a form of leadership activity where you are able to adopt these lessons to the top.


You have

- read it...
- attended seminars...
- even got a mentor to guide you...

Still there is a little missing puzzle!

Rock climbing is a good experiential learning where you can familiarise yourself to the essential energies and emotions to success as your mind cannot remember word but it memorises the feeling.

If you have the opportunity to rock climb...

- Feel it...
- Remember it...
- Replicate it...

Success is like turning the light switch on when you need it!