Your thoughts impact your whole life!
Some time ago, my son and I decided we needed to have some father-and-son “bonding” time. Adam, my son, has a passion for hiking and backpacking and so he convinced me to hike the 3,165-feet Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Becky, my daughter, has a passion too. Her passion is dance. And while I did dance for charity this year in a local Dancing With The Stars competition (And won!) I don’t see any tutus in my future.
A while back, Adam I headed off on our journey to climb Mount Monadnock. From the ranger station at the bottom, the peak loomed more like Everest than Monadnock … daunting, overwhelming. My son decided that the best way to bond was to take good old dad on the steepest trail.
As we started up the mountain, I decided to approach this task like I would any other goal. I broke down each of the elements of hiking into small parts, a concept called Kaizen. We had a map (Our plan.), a trail to follow (The direction.), checkpoints (Review points.), the correct supplies and equipment (Our support systems.). With all this in place I was able to focus on the path. And be mindful of the rocks, boulders, and cliffs. Yes cliffs. To Adam it was just a trail, (FYI, Adam is 22 years old, has hiked the entire 2,173 miles of the Appalachian Trail [solo, mind you], and he was captain of the UMass Amherst Crew Team. His nickname is literally “Mr. Cardio”.). Nonetheless, I remained undeterred and vowed not to complain too much (Or loud enough that he could hear me.). I didn’t focus on the pain I knew I would be feeling tomorrow.
As we ascended, I kept reminding myself about the goal, and that any distance can be conquered by taking small steps. I didn’t look too far ahead, I just kept moving. Focusing on the next step, the next few feet.
Whenever we have a dream, a vision, a large goal, if we focus too much on the end result, our destination, we can become discouraged, frustrated, and fearful. What we need to develop is the ability to focus on the goal and the steps we can take now, the steps we must take each day to arrive at our destination or goal. Sometimes we may stray from the trail; sometimes we may face obstacles. But, it is in pushing forward, one step at a time, that we Find A Way around the obstacle, and find a better path.
Keep your eye on your goal for today and give it your best.
Find A Way
P.S. Becky…that tutu should be XL.
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