As I stood at the base of Cathedral Rock and looked up, I had a moment of fear. Should I do this climb and hike with my friend, or wait at the bottom of the mountain? Being afraid of heights, I was certain that even if I did start the climb, halfway up I would panic and want to turn around. But something inside me said “GO!” So, I did!
The climb at the base of the mountain is the most treacherous – that is the point of the climb that you are rock climbing. I mean ACTUALLY rock climbing – the “put your foot in this tiny crevice and hoist yourself to the next ledge” vertical climbing. The elevation change is 650 feet in ¾ mile! I started up and, with the support of my friend and a few fellow hikers, I began to climb – hand over foot, one step at a time. I never looked behind me!
After about an hour, we made the plateau and were halfway to the top! The view was amazing, but we still had a climb ahead of us to make the saddle between the two rocks. We hadn’t reached the peak yet – more work to do! After another 30-45 minutes, we reached the top! I threw my hands in the air and screamed “I DID IT!” I couldn’t believe it! This person, who normally would have been full of fear, faced the mountain, did the hard work, and made it to the top!
In 2001, I stood at the base of an opportunity and had a moment of fear. Should I sell our house, move the family to Ohio to start a new company, or stay in the comfortable life that I had already built? What if the company failed? But something inside of me said “GO!” So, I did!
Sixteen years later, after facing the fears and doing the hard work, I sold the company! I remember when the deal was finalized, I threw my hands in the air and screamed “I DID IT!” I had accomplished my goal.
I realized, as I was standing on Cathedral Rock, life is a journey. And sometimes it feels like a climb! But if you never face your fears, you’ll never reach the peaks. So, the next time you’re faced with a mountain in your life, get some support from friends, put one foot in front of the other, and climb! Do the hard work and never look back! Before you know it, you’ll be at the peak screaming “I did it!”
“Everyone wants to live on the top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it” ~Andy Rooney
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