WHAT’S WITHIN YOU IS STRONGER THAN WHAT’S IN YOUR WAY.
I seriously love a challenge. Whether it’s exceeding a budget goal, finishing a work deadline, reading the last page of a book or completing the final obstacle of a super hard mud run, it’s rewarding to finish something you’ve started. There is almost nothing as exciting as feeling that sense of accomplishment.
I recently experienced that sense of accomplishment– my organization teamed up with No Barriers USA to summit a mountain with the organization’s founder Erik Weihenmayer. Erik was the first blind climber in history to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. The mission of the organization is to unleash the potential of the human spirit – which is done by giving individuals with physical limitations the ability to conquer their dreams.
We have all climbed mountains and pushed ourselves beyond where we thought we could but this experience was different – I had never climbed a mountain with such brave individuals who never equated being blind, missing limbs or other physical obstacles as limitations but simply as their reality to conquer. As soon as you get started, you no longer think about it as climbing a mountain, but simply taking it one step at a time – over and over. After we made it to the top, Erik, who was leading the climb, stopped us to deliver a short message. These words stood out to me:
“The nature of mind is like water, if you do not disturb it, it will become clear.”
WOW! It was clear, we all had limitations when we began the climb, it wasn’t about missing limbs or being bound to a wheelchair – we all have barriers. He went on to say “Don’t distract yourself from the purpose of life. Think less and just execute.”
Think about what is your barrier and what are you doing to conquer it?