If you knew you were going to go on an expedition to climb Mount Everest you’d likely spend months maybe even years in advance training and preparing before you actually set foot on the mountain, right?
It would be insanity to show up on a whim and just start climbing.
The mountain is big and it commands your respect, time, commitment, and planning in order for you to have a legit chance of making it to the top.
But this post isn’t about Mount Everest.
It’s about the mountains we face in our lives, our careers, businesses and organizations. We all have mountains, some are small and others are massive. They’re what’s between where we are and where we want to go. Sometimes we just want to reach the peak but other times we need to scale the mountain entirely so that we can get to the other side.
The problem though is in the preparation or lack thereof.
We can either prepare to win or prepare to fail. Which choice we make, well that’s up to you and I individually but the mountain isn’t going away anytime soon. We can start preparing now or just keep standing at the base… gazing at the top as others begin their climb.
What’s your mountain?
Are taking it seriously? Are you doing what needs to be done now, in advance of starting the climb? Are you gathering the tools you need before you’ll actually need to use them? Are you learning from others who took the climb before you? Are preparing or just dreaming?
If you don’t prepare to win, you’re actually preparing to fail.
Mountains can be scary and I certainly have plenty of my own. Some I’ve climbed while many more have had me standing at the bottom for far too long. Maybe you’re there with me, I’m not sure. Either way, today can be the day we choose to stop standing and start preparing to win, to make the climb and reach the top or the other side.
Can you imagine what that might feel like? What if we all did it together? What if we helped each other, challenged each other and reached back with an open hand to help pull someone up with us?