Will you climb the mountain or stare at the peak? Either way, you have a choice. A decision to start may seem like the only active step. But did you know that not taking action is actually action? In fact, if you choose to stare at the peak, you’ve already taken a stance.
Imagine standing in a valley. Picture yourself looking up at the highest point of a mountain. Its grandeur makes you feel insignificant. The thought of climbing to the top is utterly exhausting.
Now visualize yourself emerging from depths of the valley. You’re almost standing on solid ground. Suddenly what felt impossible somehow feels possible. Doubt turns to courage. Excitement is accompanied by fear.
Now envision walking towards the mountain. It’s time to begin your ascent. Heart pounding, knees shaking, nervousness builds by the second. Ready to take a step, the thought enters your mind, Maybe I should turn back.
You can’t seem to shake a nagging thought that you’ll never make it to the top. At a pivotal point in your journey, a decision needs to be made.
Will you turn back? Or do you have the courage to take the next step?
Mind racing, adrenaline pumping, there’s no turning back. Although your legs are shaking, you’re determined to scale the mountain. Finally, you find the courage to take a step.
Fear mounts with every step. Still, you continue to put one foot in front of the other. In the valley touching the edge of the mountain felt impossible. Surprisingly it gets easier, not harder when standing on solid ground. Finally close enough to touch the edge, this is your chance.
Does the thought of trying something new make you nervous? Does doubt stop you from taking even the smallest step?
If you answered yes to either of the above questions, you’re not alone. This is precisely why I started Inspireu2Action.
I had spent my entire adult life staring at a mountain. Not only was I an expert mountain gazer, but I was also great at talking about what it would be like at the top of the mountain. I had it all planned out. I knew exactly what I was supposed to do. I literally talked about it as if it was a reality. Only I didn’t dare to start.
After all, there was a chance I’d fail. It was easier to dream than risk the possibility of failure. So, I stayed in the valley. I had a big dream in my heart but was unwilling to take a chance.
One day, not today became my mantra. I was sure one day would eventually come. In fact, I was convinced someone would come along to give me a push. Truthfully I hadn’t gotten close enough to touch the mountain on my own, let alone climb it.
Now let’s take another quick journey together.
Imagine standing in a valley. Picture yourself looking up at a mountain. Sure, it’s big. It’s actually huge. But for some reason, it isn’t intimidating. You know there will be obstacles along the way. But, you’re convinced you’ll conquer them one at a time. You’re not even thinking about climbing to the top. You just want to touch the edge.
Dreams, destiny, purpose and goals, it’s easy to think about them. Still many of us live in a world of if and if only. The tendency is to look at them from a comfortable distance. Getting close evokes the same fear felt when approaching a mountain.
Yes, the mountain may seem insurmountable at times. In fact, it looks impossible to climb when standing in the valley. True courage only comes after you take the first step. Every step forward takes you one step closer to the goal. The further you get from the valley, the smaller the mountain looks.
It’s easy to push things off to tomorrow. This doesn’t require stepping out today. After all, there’s always tomorrow. But what happens when tomorrow never comes?
Excuses tend to dominate thoughts. If I had more time, more money, more support, better looks or better health, then I’d pursue my dreams. The list goes on and on. Excuses can be never-ending.
The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. Yes, we all have responsibilities. Our schedules are busy and finding time can be a challenge.
But, can’t you start with a step?
Now, the great news. Today is the day you decide to take action.
Think about something you’ve wanted to do for a long time but haven’t been able to find time or courage to start.
-Write it down.
-Think about something you can do today.
-Make a commitment to be consistent.
This all sounds simplistic, right? Well, it is with the right mindset and accountability.
If you’re ready to scale the mountain to reach your potential, let’s get started.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
“Treasures Are Right Before Our Eyes, yet Many Miss Gems Searching for Pearls at the Bottom of the Sea.”