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Monday Motivation: Practice What you Preach - Rock Climbing & Mountaineering Goal Setting and Motivation

Monday Motivation: Practice What you Preach - Rock Climbing & Mountaineering Goal Setting and Motivation

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What motivates you? The biggest two things that motivate me is seeing other people work hard to accomplish their goals and practice what they preach!

Why is this important to me? There are a variety of different reasons for me and it depends on the situation! Breaking it down to a basic level here's what I could come up with - and how I apply it to one of my passions of climbing (but I think it works for everything).

Competitive Nature

"Great job, I'm really glad I lost to you!" Is something you'll never hear me say.

Watching somebody do something incredible is very inspiring, but with this arises a question in my head, "If they can do it, why can't I?". I mean we're both human right? We've both got two eyes, two legs, and thankfully relatively good health.

So what's the difference?

Usually, it's goal setting, willingness to try something new, and doing the right things to be better today than you were yesterday.

Goal Setting

Using SMART goals (my good friend Jeff Culhane goes into detail here) is a great place to start for both long and short-term goals. Yes, have both.


Applying this to my climbing, one of my short-term goals is to be mistake-free complete (summit) roughly 90% of the 5.10 routes I go after by the end of January 2019.


This will help me accomplish proficiency, confidence, and skills necessary to complete a mountaineering ascent of Mount Mckinley (the highest peak in North America) in 5 years. Ambitious? probably, but it's doable.

Mount McKinley


Willingness to Try Something New

Sure, some things aren't for everybody, however, there is something to be said about relinquishing your inner doubts and just giving it a go. (even if you do fall a lot)

There will always be a reason not to do something, and there will always be people who tell you that, but who makes the decisions in your life here, you? or somebody else?

For me, it was money, sometimes still is! Climbing gear and gym memberships are expensive at times, but I can confidently say it's been well worth it!

Climbing Goals

Being Better Today than you were Yesterday

Regression is something that drives me nuts, inversely seeing progress towards goals really motivates me to accomplish even more.

Great in theory, hard in practice. This boils down to making the right decisions every single day to be better at whatever it is you are passionate about.

For me, I try to get to the climbing gym as much as possible. If I'm not there, I'm doing at least 10-20 pull-ups a day, and working out at ProozyFit.


Got a Better Way to Accomplish Goals?

How do you work to accomplish your goals? My system may not work for everybody, let us know what works for you in the comments!



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