If climbing mountains was easy, everyone would be doing it!
When talking to clients I like to compare the process and the journey of achieving goals to climbing a mountain. The path to the top of a mountain requires a clear vision of where you want to get to, a variety of strategies to support you on your climb and consistent action to take you to the top. You could stay at the bottom of the mountain and wait for the perfect conditions to start climbing or you could make the brave decision that you are going to begin your preparations and start climbing. Once you have a backpack full of strategies to support you its time to start climbing the mountain.
You will probably find that the initial stages of your journey won’t be too difficult as you have probably been thinking about this goal for some time and you are excited about the journey. A few weeks into the climb as you get further away from the base camp (your comfort zone) you will possibly be starting to think how nice it was down at base camp with a roaring fire and hot chocolate with all your friends who decided mountain climbing wasn’t for them. At this point it is crucial to keep your focus on the top of the mountain and continue to implement the different strategies you created in your planning to ensure you kept climbing. Your mountain guide (Life Coach or Business Coach) may ask you questions such as “how important is it to you that you climb this mountain?” or “if you get to the top of this mountain how will your life be different?” and support you through all of the challenges and obstacles that show up along the way.
There is always the temptation to quit the climb and return to base camp however if changing your life, your business or your situation is important to you, you will need to do things differently and climbing this mountain is doing things differently.
The climb could take anywhere from 3 to 6 months but as you climb into the higher altitude you will have developed new skills and a sense of achievement. The thought of going back to base camp dissipates as you get closer and closer to the peak. You have come too far to go back and you want to see the view from the top.
Once you have reached the peak of your mountain you can look back on the journey you have taken to get to the top. No one can ever take that achievement from you. Your skills as a mountain climber (goal achiever) are stronger than when you embarked on your journey and now its time to sit back and enjoy the view(reward yourself) until you are ready to decide on which mountain you will climb next.
Climbing mountains isn’t a prerequisite to a happy life but we will never know what the view from the top of your mountain looks like if we don’t go there. We know what the view is like at base camp.