Have you ever:
climbed a route and thought it was a different grade and used that to break through a barrier. Holy crap, I CAN climb 5.x and then you carried it forward?
or, more to the situation I experienced the other day. I climbed a route, I sent it. I DEFINITELY did the moves in a much more difficult way then the intended beta. So, lessons to learn there for sure. But…I DID it clean. I am trying to parlay this into a positive and use it to give me confidence to give harder things a go.
obviously the answer is simple, go give it a try, work out safety and tactics, gear (i am a trad climber), make sure it is reasonable and give it a go, this experience proves you can try harder, give it a go. But that being said, I was wondering if anyone had direct experience with what I am describing.