Mountains. There are mountains you know you are climbing. These are the ones you set intentions for and then create goals for. These are the ones that you decide to climb and that require a plan. It may be a slog on some days (Sisyphus anyone?) and on others, there’s giddiness bordering on high-altitude sickness. Mostly, though, days feel ordinary.
You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything, or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.
The “step by step” approach isn’t very sexy, but it sure is effective.**
Obviously, reaching your goal is pretty darn sexy on it’s own, but there are also thrills from climbing mountains you didn’t even know you were climbing.These are what I’m calling the “side-effect mountains.”
I’ve been a “mouth-breather” all my life, and was told as a child that I have a badly deviated septum. “Mouth breather” – it sounds like some sub-species of obscene phone caller. It’s one of the reasons I had so much trouble meditating over the years, as breathing through my nose was uncomfortable. This was a mountain. But it was only one reason I didn’t meditate, and I dealt with it all the time, so it wasn’t the focus of 100 Breaths 100 Days commitment, at all.
I’m only telling you this because, just the other day it occurred to me that, after first climbing the 100 Breaths 100 Days mountain, and continuing to practice (see Meditation Mondays), I’ve been effortlessly breathing through my nose for months now.
I could try and figure out how and when my breathing shifted, but I won’t…
Because, it’s too much fun knowing that the work of climbing a mountain has secret side-effects. I’m thrilled to report that not only is it worth choosing to climb, but who knows what other mountains you’ll summit along the way?
** If you’d like a Sherpa to help you decide which mountain to climb and create a plan for getting there, I’m here, firstname.lastname@example.org 917.450.1524 moveintochange.com
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If you go to work on your goals,
your goals will go to work on you.
If you go to work on your plan,
your plan will go to work on you.
Whatever good things we build
end up building us.
Have you had this experience? How have you been shaped by your goals and the process of going for them?
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It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
— Alan Cohen