- Published on Monday, 10 March 2014 05:55 10 March 2014
- Written by julie julie
I was looking up the phone number for Mt. Everest restaurant in Toronto. Delicious food! As soon as I put Mt. Everest into the search engine, up came
trigger terms like 'dead bodies' and 'deaths on the mountain'. Not the appetizing site I was in search of, although I found it too.
I was transported back in time to a memory of hearing a talk called, "The Right Mountain". It empowered me. The impact was incredibly long lasting, and still guides my life to this day. I certainly got my employer’s money’s worth out of that speech!
Jim Hayhurst Sr. had at that point climbed Mt. Everest twice. A wealth of wisdom was imparted to us during his talk and I recommend you hear him - put that on your bucket list. One concept that impacts me to this day is to not only examine if you're on the right mountain (tackling the right challenge) for you, but also whether you're prepared for the portion of the challenge you are tackling.
The right mountain is exhilarating; the wrong mountain will kill you. The right path, guide and timing up the mountain will be successful; attempting to climb too fast will cause such trauma to your brain that it will kill you. Gruesome reality isn't it?
Before you challenge the summit of Mt. Everest, you must master smaller mountains. Your body and your mind will both need to learn and master the skills needed for such an epic climb.
Also, you can't tackle it all in one day! You must take time after making progress to allow yourself to acclimatize to the altitude. Climb, then rest at base camp. Don't rush. Rushing is a very bad idea.
Such is true in all mountains of life.
I know someone who recently turned down a promotion to an amazing position on his career path. While thrilled to have the compliment that the company sees his potential, he was positive he needed more experience at lower levels before being ready to be his best at that elevated level. Impressive wisdom for one so young.
Find a mountain challenge. Check that it is the right one for you. If you feel stretched and still feel good - you're in the right place. Enjoy the journey. Don't rush for the summit so fast that you hurt yourself and others along the way. Decompress now and then. Relax and enjoy the view as you prepare for the next part of your climb.
Onwards and upwards,