One of the quotes from my book, My Judo Life, that I have always loved and used quite a bit with my coaching clients is...
"You have to be honest about who you are and where you are right now in order to know which mountain you need to climb. If you cannot be completely honest about your weaknesses, you cannot discover your strengths. And once you discover your weaknesses, don’t think poorly of yourself, just find a way to fix it, to turn it around."
There are a number of mountains that each of us has to climb in life. The peaks and valleys of our lives are a natural part of what we face. When we are in the valley, we are introspective, identifying why we are in that low, why we are seeing challenges in front of us. Sometimes our mountain is financial. Other times it is relational. While still others it is systemic. Whether it has to do with the systems and processes in our lives, or the outcomes, or the connections, it can be daunting. During our time of introspection, we have the opportunity to reveal what is actually going on in our lives. For example, I work with a number of salespeople, coaching them to higher levels of success. One of the most consistent mountains that they face is that of disciplining themselves to do what they must on a daily basis. They have found themselves in a valley because they stopped climbing towards their goals, or they made excuses about the economy, or they simply never focused on doing the right things at the right times. These are all behaviors that can be mastered, but they begin with belief.
The question that they each have to ask themselves is whether or not they believe that they can climb again. When they believe that they are supposed to live in the valley, they stop looking for the mountain top. They then look at their situation and think, I am stuck. I will never get out of this. It is in this moment that they realize that when they cannot change their situation, they must change themselves. In changing ourselves, in growing, we realize that the mountain doesn't need to shrink because we have begun to grow stronger.
As you change yourself, you see the challenge of climbing as both joyous and exciting. You look toward the mountain top and think, there is no way that I can see myself in the valley. When you, yes you, embrace the idea of changing your view of yourself into someone that is always moving forward, always growing, always climbing, then you embrace the exercise of the valley and push towards the top and then over into the next opportunity to learn from a valley.
You are never in a fixed position. Your situation may be fixed, based on the skills that you currently have, but a simple change in yourself, your beliefs, makes the situation adapt to the new you.
My challenge to you is to look at the valleys that you find yourself in and know that by changing your belief about you, you change the challenge. You conquer your mountains by taking inventory of your equipment, gathering the new tools that you need, and then pushing forward with your eyes on the next mountain top.
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
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Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.