I find it fascinating how many climbers are passionate about our sport. I don't think I've seen a sport where so many people get so obsessed. It's not only the professionals who make climbing their prime focus in life but as well many "normal" climbers. That feeling, the passion, is one of the things that makes the sport so special.
Personally, I don't think I've ever done something that feels so right. It feels like I don't have a choice. I must climb, and I guess many other climbers feel exactly the same. It's something we share together.
I've thought about how I use that passion when wanting to achieve my goals and as well just in my training. It is what makes me push myself.
A little something about myself: I started climbing when I was ten years old. My father got me into the sport which I'm him forever grateful for. During the last eleven years I've been through a lot of phases in my climbing. Both good and bad ones. I've had phases where I've let my motivation be controlled by my expectations for myself instead of the passion for our sport. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's had it like that and a lot of frustration often comes with that way of thinking – for me at least. It's not where I think we perform our best and surely not the time we enjoy our sport the most.
I've figured that when I can transfer my passion for the sport into my projects, I perform the best. It's something I guess is easy said but maybe not always easy done. I don't know exactly how and why it works but it does – for me at least. Going full on amuerte, not because you have to but because you want to.
It's a trick I use every time I project (I'm mostly a sports climber so often that would be a route but as well just boulders set in the gym during training). I succeed when I can make the climb important to me, make it valuable, and want it badly. When I dare to make it count even though the failure will feel bigger if you don't send. Making yourself vulnerable. It sounds cheesy and maybe it is but for me it's what have unlocked projecting.