A View worth the Climb

“The real tests of courage are quieter. They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody’s looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you’re misunderstood.” — Charles Swindoll

Everywhere you look, it seems easy to find reasons to be discouraged or feel trapped and even a little hopeless.  The trouble in the economy has many people worried about their jobs and money.  With the stressors of financial issues, many people are worried about their relationships with a spouse or a family member.  Surrounded by so much unrest, many people are even questioning their faith and their beliefs.

However, if you shift your perspective, you can see a new reality where these troubled times give you an opportunity to strengthen your connection to your center.  This will help you know where you are going and create new paths to achieving your goals.  With some understanding of your vision and deeper clarity of it’s meaning to you, these simple steps can help you cross that rickety bridge towards the vista you seek:

— Acknowledge the Struggle:  There will be times when you feel like it is easier to give up than to continue to fight through to the end.  Change and transition are hard.  However, by understanding this and accepting that there are stumbling blocks on the road to success, it is often easier to overcome the hurdles without feelings of failure.  Plus, acknowledging difficulties while limiting the drama helps you find ways around these blocks to achieve your goal.

— Define the Value of the View:  Keep clear visuals or written reminders of what your goal means to you.  If you want to spend more time with your children, then take a picture or have one of your children draw a picture for you of your family laughing and having fun together.  Giving yourself positive motivation to keep pushing through to the end will keep your courage high, your resilience strong and your spirits up and help you recognize the important impact your journey will have on your life as you move closer to the View.

— Access a Path:  Sometimes, when struggles arise, the path to success becomes very muddy and slippery.  You can start to question the routes and try to find shortcuts.  Keep in mind that you are exactly where you are supposed to be and the path you have picked for yourself is going to lead you to find more purpose in your life.  It is a process where the steps are as important as the outcome, so do not short change yourself due to your impatience and fear.

— Keep Your Eye on the Prize:  As vital as the end zone of accomplishment is to the overall success of your goals, give yourself credit for small victories too.  If you are trying to lose weight and you pass up dessert, give yourself a pat on the back with both hands (if that is possible!).  Focusing solely on the gap that lies ahead of you without acknowledging the progress thus far will hurt your motivation and confidence.  Remember, little things count as small steps lead to big success.  You cannot get to the final goal without every single small step along the way.
— Create a Structure of Support:  Literally, you can join a support group if one exists to keep you committed and accountable to your goals.  If none is present, create one that helps you and others find similar motivation.  In reality, the best support comes from those closest to you because, in dark hours, they will be there.  From best friends, spouses, and family members, support comes in many flavors.  You will find just sharing your goals with those close to you will often times bring them closer to you and lend support and warm wishes of success.

There is always loss in change.  However, with change also comes a new beginning.  For many of us, the understanding that set backs are temporary is critical to the process of climbing our chosen mountain.  Just as important as anticipating the view from the top of that mountain, the opportunity to enjoy the journey for the many hours of effort and triumph makes the victory much sweeter.  In the past, I have heard many people use the cliché “make sure the view is worth the climb” as a warning against starting down a path.  In retrospect, I would use that cliché as motivation to enjoy the climb and use the struggle to sharpen your tools and strengthen your commitment to living and not just surviving. 
Peace, possibility, and abundance,
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