3 Feet From the Top – The Lesson Learned from Climbing a Mountain

by Mark Treick on November 16, 2010

Before you watch Helen's video, "3 Feet From the Top," please read my following post. This is a topic of great importance, and one I think that cannot be covered enough. We all have setbacks and roadblocks in our life and business, and when we hit these points we stop ourselves. We start noticing the warning signs we've seen along our journey more clearly now, and some of us start taking them way more seriously. We start entertaining the thoughts of quitting. To let it all go. Below, I hope you enjoy my interpretation of this critical event that will happen to all of us in our business building careers, and I call it "The Lesson Learned from Climbing a Mountain . . ." ____________________________________________________ Anyone who sets out to conquer climbing one of Colorado's 14'ers (Mountains that reach higher than 14 Thousand feet above sea level) will face, without a doubt, the same daunting situation during their climb. You know when you've reached this point because, 1) it normally starts around the 13-thousand feet on the climb, and 2) there are at times dozens of people congregated right at this point. It's at this juncture some decide it's just not worth the effort anymore. You hear things like, "It's not worth the pain for this," or . . . "I can't breath . . . let's go back . . . Please?!?!" You hear the endless excuses. And when you're tired even the lamest excuse sounds better than the dreaded alternative, which is to keep moving up. One by one the the Tic-Toc of excuses start slipping out of the exhausted climber's gaping mouths. Many don't decide it's worth it. They are defeated. They lose their courage, so some start moving down the mountain to where life - seemingly - just isn't so difficult. What these climbers had reached was that terribly disappointing "false Summit." Then there are the ones who stick it out a little longer. They keep climbing. And then they see it again. They hit another false summit. Another false hope that your finally there. At this point some more people choose to turn back. They quit the climb. The process continues maybe 2 or 3 more times, until you finally reach the top. And when you reach the top you see all your new found "Peeps." And they welcome you to the top. They tell their stories and they listen to yours. They take photographs of you happily. They want to share in and help document your journey. And you turn right around and do the same thing for them. You have not only climbed a mountain, you are now part of a community of mountain climbers. It's a congregation of like minded people who set out with a similar goal of climbing this mountain and by george they did it! You are so happy you stuck it out. That you made the right choice, and you had the courage to keep moving forward even when you knew the journey was going to suddenly become much harder. And just think? You nearly turned it all down . . . just a half hour ago. Now watch Helen's video. Let the message sink in. It's your journey, and you will meet your challenges head on. And when you hit that juncture, you have to make the call. What will that decision be?
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Jan Robberts November 17, 2010 at 9:41 am

Great article and equally brilliant video !

There’s a better view from the top….and yes,it might take some people a bit longer than others but,as long as you don’t ever give up,you’ll get there….and the crowd (although there’s not as many there as at the bottom)will welcome and applaud you for persevering to reach those heights.

Thanks again 🙂


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