Happy May! In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to want to be at the finish line at the snap of a finger. When this doesn’t happen, giving up may cloud your thoughts. Everyone wants to be successful, but the reality is the road to success has many twists, turns, and bumps that can discourage you. Give yourself credit for your every little success along the way while keeping your eyes on your ultimate goal. Climb one step at a time to get there.
A Few Examples of People Who Failed and Succeeded
- One of the greatest fighters of all time, Muhammad Ali, lost 5 fights in his career. You can’t win them all, but you can keep moving forward.
- Usain Bolt was eliminated in the first round of the 200 meters race in the 2004 Athens Olympics. He came back in 2008 to win 3 gold medals.
- Dr. Seuss was rejected by 27 publishers before his first book sold.
- Jewel was homeless before she made it in the music industry.
- (There are MANY more examples.)
Jy’s Rock Climbing Analogy
As many of you know, my son, Jy, suffered from encephalitis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome at the end of 2015. He attended a Boy Scout Camp over the weekend. A year ago, he participated in the camp four months after he had left the hospital. I checked on him at camp several times because he struggled with his emotions and communicating with others. Last year, every time I saw him, he was crying for something. One time, he was trying to climb a rock mountain. He got on the mountain and started crying. He is usually my dare devil. He was so scared. He forgot how to do it. He only made it a couple of steps up the mountain because he let his fear get to him. He had no confidence that he could climb the mountain. He was very upset and cried a ton.
This year, Jy came home from scout camp, and I asked him how it went. The first thing he said was that he climbed all the way to the top of the mountain! He stated that he got scared at a quarter of the way up the mountain. He wanted to cry and quit. The scout leaders on the ground told him to just come back down. Jy said that he didn’t want to give up. He convinced himself to keep going. He was so proud to reach the top!
How Is Your Climb Up the Rock Mountain?
Jy’s climb up the rock reminded me of trials in life in general. The goal is to reach the top of the mountain. You can imagine any goal waiting for you at the top. From the ground, it seems so far away. You start making your way up the mountain, but your head tells you it’s hard. Your arms or legs may shake. “Just give up,” says your evil head again. Then, more negativity creeps in (if you let it). “I’m not strong enough to climb up this mountain.” “I need more experience.” “What if I fall (or fail)?”
In life, we tend to climb up a mountain over and over again with different goals and trials. With Jy, I told him to remember how far he had come from last year. Each time you face a mountain, remember how far you have come since the last time you tried to tackle a mountain. Give yourself credit for where you are at today. Additionally, with each new foothold, you use to get up the mountain, give yourself credit. We don’t always reach the top of every mountain we climb, but we will become stronger and wiser every time we try to reach the top.
Whatever trials or goals you are facing, you are not alone. Remember Jy. Do better today than what you could do yesterday. Be grateful for how far you have come.
Now, get out of here and go climb your mountain! I’m cheering you on! ❤️
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