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jt512


Nov 11, 2003, 8:52 AM
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Choosing not to react in your habitual way
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Reflecting on last weekend's climbing, I had something of an epiphany. A number of WW concepts came together for me. What I realized is this: Taking, grabbing draws, and downclimbing are habitual reactions to comfort-seeking thoughts, but they are not the only responses possible. When I start getting pumped or scared my first thought might be to "take," etc., but I have options. I can observe that thought, acknowledge it, and then redirect my attention back into the effort. Rather than "take," I can look for possibilities, and get on with the business of climbing. The moves might or might not work. I might climb through the risk or fall, but if I've chosen wisely to accept the risk, it doesn't matter. What does matter is focusing on the effort.

Once you see that "taking" is just a habitual response, you're free to choose a different action, and after you've had a few successes in redirecting your attention back to the effort, you're well on your way toward making that response your new habit.

-Jay


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Nov 11, 2003, 3:17 PM
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Jay,
Yes, you've got the process down correctly. Now it will simply take plenty of practice. Make sure you assess those fall consequences and practice falling to develop familarity. Practice incrementally.
arno


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