Climb Every Mountain
This blog post really sums up the past few years of my business and my life …..and I wanted to share it with you.
Last weekend, I set the goal to head to Sedona (I was in Phoenix on business, so it seemed like the natural thing to do for a few days!) – and I set the goal to challenge myself physically. My brain is tired from the past few months and years of very intense work as I built my business. It was time to challenge the body, because I had been working with a trainer and a nutritionist for over a year and I wanted to see what I could accomplish.
And so I headed to Cathedral Rock!
I was alone.
I was determined.
I had a clear vision.
I felt ready.
I was scared (it was an intimidating climb)!
And I set out – one step at a time. The great part about any of the climbs in Sedona is that there are lots of people around. I knew I wanted to get to the top – I had spoken with people earlier at breakfast about the climb, so I knew it was going to be tough, but not impossible.
And that’s when I knew for sure that I had to get my thinking in order!
And so it began.One step at a time. One breath at a time – the altitude was getting to me already. One rest at a time. One photo at a time. Yes, I was going to document this, LOL. And, as I climbed and as it got harder and harder, that’s when I knew the lessons were coming fast and furious. Here’s what I learned:
- Life is reflected in the way we handle our business. It may seem/feel easy when we start out, but it does get more difficult and it’s not for the faint of heart.
- You’ve got to have a very clear vision – filled with emotion and tangible outcomes.
- You’ve got to take it one step at a time. There are no giant leaps in life and/or in business.
- Ask for help. No one can do ‘this’ (business, or life!) alone. No one!
- It’s easier with help, LOL! You’re more likely to get ‘there’.
- Stop and enjoy the view – it’s amazing – and keep your eye on where you are going. There are lots of distractions.
- Know that it takes preparation to endure the journey – physical, emotional, mental, financial, psychological and more.
- Stay focused! There were many people, along the climb, who told me ‘it’s ok to quit. You’ve come a long way already.” It’s the same in business – many people will encourage you to be happy with what you have. WHAT? WHY? This is YOUR life/business – not theirs.
- It is a lonely journey in that your thoughts and self-talk are your own. No one else is in your head as you make that climb. It’s what you tell yourself along the way that will determine the outcome.
- Celebrate. I stopped frequently on the climb – to sit, to enjoy the view, to hydrate, to chat with others, to celebrate and take photos and document the journey and just sit and smile.
- Know that it’s THE hardest/most difficult just when you are about to get to the top! I really wasn’t sure I could do that last part – but I had others AT the top cheering me on! That is a key to success – having others AT THE TOP cheering you on. It’s crowded down at the bottom with people just watching ……….don’t be one of them. You deserve better.
AND THEN I MADE IT.
The view was incredible.
The sense of accomplishment was out of this world.
I cried, both tears of fear and joy.
I took lots of photos and videos.
I took photos of others (couples/families) so THEY could have a memory of their climb.
And then it was time to go back down. Yikes! It looked harder than the climb up. It really did. And right away, others were saying ‘let us help you. Watch how we do it. You’re not alone.”
It’s the same in business.
Take heed to what I have written here. Where are you in your business right now? Go back and review my comments/questions above. Take heed to what I have shared – and
GO CLIMB YOUR MOUNTAIN.
I’M HERE TO HELP AND CHEER YOU ON.
Signing off with feelings of happiness, accomplishment, joy, and enthusiasm for my next climb!
How about YOU? Post a comment on my blog and let me know your thoughts, ok?….
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