(Originally posted on 4/21/2016)
I rock climb and mountain climb. Yeah, that is a picture of me in my crazier days! It is just one of those things that I love to do! I got myself fairly good at it, at least good enough to have a lot of fun, travel a bit, see some really cool places, and not get myself seriously hurt!
One of the hallmarks of a good climber is the ability to look at the whole of the mountain or rock climb just to get a feel for where the route is going, and then focus on the step right in front of you. If you stay focused on the whole of the climb, it can be overwhelming!
It is a grand challenge most of the time, and seeing the whole of it only without taking it a step or move at a time will most likely dissuade you from doing it. Or cause you to fail at the climb because you are too focused on the whole and miss the steps in front of you.
I imagine by now you see where I am going with this.
This is the challenge for me a lot of the time. Taking what I have learned from climbing or even bodybuilding and transferring it to other areas of my life.
I see where I would like to go with my business, but chunking it down to the individual steps and remaining disciplined to those steps sometimes is a challenge. Well most of the time it is a challenge! LOL! Sometimes the whole of the “mountain” overwhelms me and I just stop and do something else to take my mind off of the steps in front of me, or to busy myself so I don’t see that I really don’t know what the next step is since I really didn’t map out all of the route!
I share this because I can imagine I am not the only one with this affliction.
Most of us have somewhere in our lives, something that we excel at, something that the journey is the reward of the mountain as much as the summit.
Transferring the skills and habits you have learned with that interest isn’t all that easy. Sometimes we don’t even realize that looking at it the same way can work, sometimes the individual steps within the journey are the stumbling blocks, the habits within this process that we haven’t instilled the discipline, or even learned those skills yet to see what the next step is. Maybe we just lose sight of the summit to guide us. I know I do from time to time.
So what do we do?
Can you chunk it down?
If not, is there someone in your world that has climbed that mountain or one similar to the one you want to climb that can guide or coach you?
Reach out and ask.
Just like those areas that you do excel at, where you did seek out a teacher or a friend that showed you how to do it, what if you did the same with this mountain or challenge in front of you?
At the very least, can you map out your next step and take it?
Even if that step doesn’t have that grand satisfaction of the summit steps?