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Machen MacDonald: Respect the mountain

Machen MacDonald

Before initiating a mountain climb, any Sherpa will invite you to respect the mountain before, during, and after your trek to the summit. There is great wisdom in that invitation. The same wisdom holds true for the vision you have for your success.

No one returns from the mountain top the same person they were before they ventured on their journey. They return with a new awareness of themselves and the world around them. They have new perspective, experience and memories that update their life mosaic. Their body and mind have been put to the test, pulled to extremes and pushed to their perceived limits. Capacity forevermore is increased as a result. This increased capacity attracts in the desire, ability, and reward of even greater heights.

Why respect the mountain? It is bigger than you first of all. It is older than you. It's just good form to respect your elders. It's non-forgiving topography shows up to meet you in the most appropriate way right where you are to test your resolve and fortitude.

Climbing mountains is not for everybody. Many people are totally content by not challenging the status quo of their current existence, and that may be OK … for them.

For those that want more out of themselves and their current situation, they must cast a vision of something greater than what currently is. They must respect the vision, for they know it is bigger than they are. By respecting rather than fearing what is bigger than ourselves we improve our resourcefulness. Those that are committed to reaching the top know there will be switch backs and down falls along the way to its achievement. When we fear, we shut off our ability to see the entire landscape and we then focus on what threatens us most until it most likely consumes us mentally and emotionally causing most to give up on their dreams.

Take back your power through respect. It is paramount for us to trust in our ability to adjust to the elements and continually adapt based on the environment and feedback around us. Partnering with a Sherpa, someone who has successfully navigated the summit before, is not a bad idea either.

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#1 bestselling author Machen P. MacDonad, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley, CA. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at and 530-273-8000.

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