I’m leaving for Mount Everest. Its hard to even write it let alone actually believe it.
So much training. So much planning and preparation. In the past year I have done 200 workouts to get ready for this huge challenge. Over the past 36 years of climbing, well, I don’ even know how many days I’ve spent developing the skills and judgment so that I could dare to even attempt it.
My friends and family have had to make sacrifices to help me, and they have helped me a great deal. As all the preparation has culminated into a mountain of effort recen
tly, I can see what a wonderful support team I have. I am lucky and I am grateful.
After experiencing the earthquakes and avalanches on Everest in 2015, I was not sure that I would ever return. But, after watching the resilience of the Nepali people in their recovery, and watching the persistence of the climbers who returned to Nepal in 2016, I gradually concluded that I should try again.
Its not about “conquering” the mountain. No one can conquer a mountain. Its about taking on a big challenge that demands you do more, that demands you become more. By taking on big challenges, you steadily refine yourself into a better version of you. Some people are called to marathons or music for their personal crucible to become something better. I choose the mountains. Or perhaps, they have chosen me.
I’ll embrace this opportunity to grow, and give it every scrap of strength, persistence and resilience that I can muster. There are so many steps to take and so much work yet to be done. We will get to those soon enough. But, for now I have taken a first, big step to becoming all that I can. I’m leaving for Mount Everest.
After a year of preparation, I’m leaving next week to go climb Mount Everest. The training and logistics needed to get ready for Everest is daunting. In the section below I describe the strength building portion of my training.
By following this journey, you can benefit from the lessons of Everest Resilience. Though you may not actually scale an icy slope five and half miles up into the sky, you can:
- Increase your resolve to endure and succeed
- Enhance your courage and commitment
- Inspire and motivate yourself, and those around you, to pursue big goals and bold dreams
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Please follow along, embrace Everest Resilience, and share the lessons with others who are facing their own Everest in work or life.