One of my business coaches was recently teaching about “Embracing the Climb.”
He mentioned a 12 mile hike he recently endured and the beauty he saw from the top of Arapaho Glacier.
He also mentioned how disappointed he was when he got to the top and saw that people were able to just drive up and see the view without having to do the long, difficult hike. At first, this angered him. His anger quickly dissipated when he realized that the people driving up the mountain couldn’t possibly appreciate the beauty in the same way that he could after the long climb.
It reminded me of my wife and my financial journey. Going back some years now, through God’s grace we were able to make a big change and pay off over 100K in debt. While it was great for us and our marriage, in hindsight there was one mistake I feel we made. We were so hyper focused on the end result (being debt free) that I think we missed the enjoyment of the climb. In a weird sense it was a bit of a let down when we finally reached the top of the mountain (e.g. our big financial goal).
How does this relate to you?
Are you working to improve any area of your life? Perhaps you’re trying to lose weight, improve a relationship, reach financial or career goals, or anything else.
I can’t tell you how many older parents see Melissa and I with our 3 young girls and remark how those years are a blur to them. They barely remember it because they were always so hurried. This is sad.
I encourage you to not miss the beauty of the climb. The climb is what shapes you and builds character. This is a hard concept for people to get in our hyper fast paced society where we should be more connected than ever (due to social media) but are more disconnected than ever.
Reaching a big goal isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would be walking around looking like a fitness model and be a millionaire. It takes sacrifice, hard work, and many other factors. The good news is that it’s those things that make the victory so sweet. What brings a fighter so much satisfaction when her/his hand gets raised after a tough bout is knowing what went into the training camp and beyond.
I’m excited to share that after being at the same location in Farmingdale since 2010, we are moving upward and onward. We’re moving to a larger facility that thankfully is right up the road. It will be a great step forward for us and we couldn’t be more excited to offer an even better experience for our clients.
One thing I refuse to do is let this make us think we’re all that or that we’ve “arrived” or something.
Yes, it will be cool and it feels great but our climb will continue.
Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those that are making this expansion possible. Our team has been working extremely hard to make it all happen and our clients are the most amazing people ever. Thank you for all your hard work and for all you do!
Billy Hofacker – Owner & Transformation Coach at Total Body Boot Camp – BS, CSCS