5 Life Lessons I learned From Rock Climbing

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5 Life Lessons From Rock Climbing

I never realized the life lessons that could be learned from rock climbing until I went with my nieces Emily and Olivia. We had a picture perfect day. The weather was the cool and the expansive blue sky shined above us. So off we went to the Gunks in the Mohonk Preserve, which is known for some of the best climbing areas on the East Coast.

Our rock climbing guide, Eric from EMS Rock climbing was the perfect guide. He educated us on the knots, strategy and safety of climbing. He was calm, encouraging and helpful in the strategy and very patient especially with me when my fear kicked in and I realized that in order to come down I had to trust that all would be well. That was one of 5 life lessons I learned from rock climbing:

1. Choosing The Right Path – It was interesting to observe that when navigating the rocks some choices made the path more challenging and took longer. When the correct path was chosen the climb was easy and quick to navigate. Just like in life, when the right path is selected, everything is easy and effortless.

2. Asking for and accepting help – Walking up to the climb had some narrow passages that were hard to navigate with a large pack. The guide recommended passing him the pack to make the trip easier. At first I resisted and soon found how the pack wedged into the rocks and made it difficult to move. So I took the advice and asked for the help so the pack was passed forward and the climb became simple and easy. In life it is an important lesson to learn that there are times to ask for and accept help. Why struggle unnecessarily, when you have a guide who sees and hears the struggle and wants to help?

3. Baby steps – I say this so frequently to my hypnosis clients. “Just take baby steps and you will get there”. Well baby steps are the way to climb a rock. If I tried to take too big a step it was hard to leverage my footing. The baby steps were just the right steps to get the footing correct while climbing upward. Small steps sometimes needs to be taken to make the necessary changes for the big leaps in life.

4. Trust – I talk about trust and believing in your self during hypnosis sessions. It was certainly put to the test on the rock. To climb down a rock you need to lean back from the rock, put your weight in the harness and walk down with the person below, controlling the rope slack. My fear kicked in big time! Eric the guide had to talk me down so I was able to remove the fear and take that leap of faith that all would be right and it was!

5. Empowerment – As I watched Emily and Olivia I thought how empowering this was. They were fearless, agile and trusted in themselves to climb heights and hang precariously from rocks. They both made it look easy. Both girls are at crossroads in life, Emily starting college and Olivia high school. I said to them “in the future if you wonder if you can do something in life to remember today and how you scaled new heights. Always remember the feeling of empowerment and believe in yourself so you can conquer any future challenge”.

I did not climb as high as the girls, but I did what I was comfortable with, conquered fears and felt empowered on my own path. Anytime we push ourselves and go outside of our comfort zone we advance in life. My biggest pleasure was watching my nieces climb like spider women, have fun, scale to new heights and know that this was a memory they will have for the rest of their lives.

5 Ways To Overcome Fear Of Public Speaking

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Glossophobia is the official term for fear of public speaking or stage fright.   According to Glossophobia.com 75% of people suffer from some type of anxiety related to public speaking.  Some people even fear public speaking more than death.  Fear of presenting can affect a promotion or prevent you from living your full potential.

Do you get the feeling of a heavy weight or knots in your stomach anytime you have to do a presentation? Does the fear of public speaking keep you up at night because of stress and anxiousness?  Don’t let the fear stop you from moving forward or improving.

When working with clients in hypnosis for public speaking the first step is to see if there is any memory that triggers the stress.  Sometimes there is an experience in the classroom or an embarrassing moment that started the fear.  If a bad experience started the fear then it is good to know that in hypnosis there are techniques that help to remove the emotion from the event.

Sometimes it is a limiting belief that triggers the feeling.  It could be “I am not good enough” or “I am not a success”.  Hypnosis can help peel away whatever layers cause the block of public speaking.  Being able to visualize being relaxed and comfortable in front of all audiences is key to believing it can happen.  Below are tips to help with presentations:

  1. Prepare the presentation and be comfortable with the material
  2. Before presenting visualize being relaxed, confident, and doing an awesome job!
  3. Get in the zone by breathing exercises and self-hypnosis prior to the the presentation.
  4. Smile and take a deep breath in and exhale slowly when starting the presentation.  Smiles are contagious and send positive energy to the audience.
  5. Practice, Practice, Practice!  Join a supportive group like Toastmasters to because the more you present the better you get.

Let people hear what you have to say and feel empowered and confident.  Whether you use hypnosis or take classes to help with presenting always step up and be the best you can.  Learn how hypnosis can help with fear of public speaking first hand by coming to the free September 23, 2014 hypnosis workshop.


2014 A Year For Self Reflection

hypnosis and change in 2014

change in 2014

I wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. Many people find themselves reflecting on the past events from the previous year and look at how life can be improved in the upcoming year. I think it is a good time to reflect on what is going on in your life and check in with yourself to see if you are happy or need to make any changes. [Read more...]