Do you want the solution to success? It's...
The thing is, it's not quick or pretty. Calvin Coolidge said:
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
If you have known me for a while, you'll know of my love for walking up mountains. My nearest one is a baby in comparison to ones in North Wales but nevertheless can be challenge for many reasons such as fitness levels, weather conditions and other walkers to name just a few.
Getting started on it is tough. Your immediate hike is into a 100m incline at 35 degrees. At that stop point, you are already tired. What I do is walk slowly, not stopping at all whilst setting a goal that when I arrive I can have a cold drink. So, all I think about in that 100m ascent is... let's just get there first.
From then on, I give myself the next target point and walk until I get there too. I do not stop. I continue this process up the whole mountain. As you can imagine, as the clock ticks by, my energy levels dip, so I refuel with snacks and a banana and off I go again.
At the half way point, I can look back on my achievement and feel proud at the distance I have covered. This motivates me tremendously. I also begin to think about my lovely picnic that I am going to have at the summit. I imagine a hot cup of tea from my flask coupled with a gorgeous chocolate bar because you need to replace lost calories 🙂
On my favourite mountain, the final push is 45 degrees. It could not be a worse time to face it because you have already spent all your energy getting to the bottom of the summit, but as always I set myself a target of walking up in 2 or 3 phases depending on how exhausted I am. At this high level, you can actually see all around you and I often look behind me at the route I have covered & conquered. I love looking down on the people far behind me who are facing the same challenges I did an hour or so ago.
With the summit in view, it takes all my effort to jump over the final large rocks because my moment of triumph has arrived. I walk to the summit and sit on the pile of granite stones (erected by mountain rescue to identify the summit peak in bad weather) of which I have been there countless times.
The funny thing is, you are exhausted... but this is just half the story because you've got to go back down again... safely!
I hope you can use this analogy in your life because 'success is a journey, not a destination'. Once you stop or coast, then there is only one outcome; so you've got to keep moving everyday.
Albert Einstein said:
"You never fail until you stop trying."
There is a Chinese proverb that says something along the lines of 'it does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop'.
They key to get everything you want in life is in your hands, so here's what I want you do:
- Change your mindset to a positive one.
- Do not accept your current results as a future indicator.
- Set some scary goals.
- Do something everyday that will move you towards them.
- Remember that time is on your side and is your biggest supporter.
- If failure comes your way, just accept it as it is, do not give it any additional weight but learn from it and move on. They are only bumps in the road.
- Find friends that support and motivate you.
- Look for achievements (they may not be quantum leaps) & celebrate them fully.
- Rinse and repeat... but aim higher next time.
By following this routine, you'll already be ahead of the vast majority of people, so remember you have given yourself a huge advantage over them. Well done and keep going!
With love and gratitude!