6 Mental WingsTM Strategies to Unlock Your Hidden Powers
(An excerpt from Eric's upcoming book, Training For Climbing, to be published in December 2002)
原著者：Eric J. Hörst
校稿：铁马山社 山友 洪妍佩
The quickest way to enhance your performance in almost anything is to improve the quality of your thinking. This is definitely true in climbing whether you're working a high-ball boulder problem, sport route, multi-pitch traditional line, or alpine route. All performance operates from the inside-out--your beliefs, focus, emotions, and confidence form the foundation from which you will either succeed or fail.
对大部份的事情而言，最快增加你表现的方式去，是加强你的思考品质。对攀岩而言也是如此，不论你是在练习抱石攀岩、运动攀登、多绳距传统攀登或阿尔卑斯式攀登。所有的成绩表现都是由内而外的 － 你的信念、专注、情绪及信心都是决定你成功或失败的基础。
While off-season strength training and year-round technique training are paramount for progressing into the higher grades, during the climbing season your biggest breakthroughs will come from toning and flexing your mental muscle. To this end, I have outlined below six mental strategies and skills that will help elevate your performance and enjoyment.
Practice them with the same dedication and resolve as you would a new strength training program, and you'll be pleasantly surprised with the results. Obtain the greatest payoff by applying these skills all the time, not just when you feel like it. For some, an almost instant breakthrough will follow on the rock, while others will need to persist and let these mental skills build to a critical value before they will produce a noticeable impact in your climbing. (This depends upon the current degree of "tone" or "atrophy" of your mental muscle.")