Push Yourself, Find the Edge, and Safety Third
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For the last three days I’ve been with 120 entrepreneurs from the Entrepreneur Organization Seattle group at our annual retreat. We went to Victoria to grow closer as an organization as well as stretch ourselves both professionally and personally. One activity that we did was go to Wild Play, and go on their Monkido ropes course.
A monkido ropes course is a mix of obstacles such as tightropes, missing plank bridges, swinging logs, ziplines, and tree ladders ranging from 6 feet up to 60 feet above the ground! The course quires a ton of climbing, balancing, reaching, swinging, and jumping. After the initial training session on what to do, it’s completely left up to you up to your own faculties to keep yourself safe. I thought this was interesting because it’s not like at an amusement park where there are people securing you onto each ride, it’s completely left up to you to ensure your own safety.
Physically and Mentally Stretching Yourself
I really liked the way the course was set up. They start you on the easy “bunny slopes” and progressively it gets more and more challenging until you’ve gone passed the intermediate all the way to the “black diamond” runs. While on the beginner courses we’re laughing, having a good time, joking with each other, and testing each other with dares. We gained all of our confidence on these relatively easy courses.
Give Everything You’ve Got
By the time you get to the black diamond course, there’s no more joking and daring each other, its gone from fun to survival. Nearly every single course now requires you to have a mind-over-body focus. The distance between trees is now much longer, you’re now 60 feet up off the ground, and the puzzles are much more challenging. There’s also no way out. No way to turn around.
One of my friends, Chris Rugh, founder of Custom Toll Free had a saying which was “Safety Third”. I thought that was pretty funny as we were on a tightrope 40 feet above the ground. I think the first two rules are something like fun and function. For the most part, no one got injured so I think we did a pretty good job!
My Take Away
In life and business you have to push yourself, you need to know how hard you can stretch and push. You don’t know where the edge is if you don’t reach to find it. You need to know where the point is where your feet feel like lead and you just can’t move your feet anymore. It helps give you confidence to know you can do things that you didn’t think you could possibly do and to take on things that you’ve never done before. I can’t wait to take my thinkspace team on and have them try this out!
Can I come??? 😉
Great concept and great take away. “You don’t know where the edge is if you don’t reach to find it” is tweetable. I believe the body, mind, spirit is a wholistic system. A change at any level changes the functioning in the entire system. When we push ourselves physically (and in your case, mentally too) our system will reap the benefits at all levels- family, parenting, relationships, professionally and spiritually. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see some major breakthroughs in your life after “finding your edge” in such a practicle way on the ropes course. Very cool, Peter!
Thanks for the comment. You bring a good point, that a change at any level changes the functioning in the entire system. It seems to me that I tend to push myself both physically and mentally when preparing for things like running a half marathon and that allows me to take on things in business that require persistence and stamina. Also when dealing with really challenging things in business like a new product launch which I’ve never done before it helps me tackle new things other areas of my life.
I showed pictures to my 8 year old and he was so excited and wants me to take him to a Monkido course. They have a kids course so I can’t wait to show him how to do things safely and stretch his life experiences. I hope that he gains confidence to take on new things after doing something like this.
Michelle, If you are serious about coming, I’m planning on doing a team event and would love to have you join us! 🙂