What I Learned From Everest
Mountains are cleverly disguised as problems and daily challenges. Ron Hoglin knows all about climbing mountains. He has successfully summitted Mt. Everest twice and leaves soon to do it a third time...this time without bottled oxygen. In a recent presentation that Ron gave I asked him..."So what stops people from successfully summitting Everest?" What makes people quit. I mean it takes roughly $45,000 to do it, at least six weeks to acclimatize your body to the high altitude, years of training....so what would it take to make a person quit?
Ron's response was telling. He said climbing is 80% a mind-game and the balance of 20% is physical. He went on to say that..."I can just about gaurantee that the people who quit Everest are the ones that bring a satellite cell phone with them."
When you have a major goal ahead of you...you cannot afford to have a divided heart and mind. This is to say that if you are focused on climbing a mountain, you cannot allow your heart to be somewhere else.
To bring this home for you. Consider your personal "mountain" and tell me if you are focused on it or whether you have a divided mind and heart on the matter. If you are not "together" on it, you will likely not have the motivation to stick it out in the hard times.
Politicians have to make very difficult decisions, doing what is right is very difficult and the challenge is whether they can align their "heart" to their "mind".
Your challenge and mine too...is to keep them in balance but at the end of the day...if you lose your focus...you will not make it to the top of the mountain...and even worse...you may die along the way.
The next time you have a mountain to climb...consider not bringing your cell phone with you...a divided heart and mind can be costly.