The thing about climbing is once you have checked the rope, the belay device is locked, and harnesses are set–you now no longer need to worry about the equipment and can instead focus on the climbing.
It is one less thing you need to worry about so you can focus on the task at hand.
It is when our mind wanders, “Did I really check to see if the knot is tied, correctly?” Now, we are losing focus. Energy is wasted and we are not performing the best we can do. Which, subsequently, leads to more falls.
This lesson is so critical and hard to master.
When our minds wander, we lose focus. When our attention is not on the task at hand, we are unable to give ourselves fully to the challenge.