How You Climb a Mountain. BUT THIS IS MARS!
By putting one foot in front of the other. But, what if that mountain is Olympus Mons on Mars? 16 miles high and three times larger than Mt. Everest. What then? Now you’re playing with a whole new deck of cards… Mars Cards. Geez…
Seems like every challenge you come up against is like no one has ever faced. You’re isolated. It’s too massive. I’m going to fail. Where the heck is my space suit anyway?!
I finished reading the book The Martian by Andy Weir. Basically, it’s about an Astronaut that was thought to be dead by his crew and they end up leaving him on Mars. Someone at mission control that monitors satellite images sees him on the planet and is like, UMM?. Here’s an expert from the book.
“He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.”
This is a fictional story surrounded by truth. It’s believable and a fun read. Pick it up.
Back to my point. Mental Kung Fu. You’re not alone! Asking for help is difficult at best and bamboo chutes under the fingernails at worst. (You’re welcome for that mental image) I get it! BUT, your feelings are horrible at making decisions. Remember when you were a little kid and you saw monsters in your room? Whether it was a coat rack, dirty clothes, or your dumb brother playing a trick on you. Your imagination took it and ran! Feelings are much the same. Taking mole hills and making it Olympus Mons on Mars.
I used to worry… a lot. I would make strongholds and mountains out the smallest things. Letting it brew and stew until it robbed from every area of my life. Finally, I got sick and tired of being that way and started to change. How much time are you willing to devote to worry, fear, doubt, before you’re going to do something about it? We are called to live this life to the max and that’s what I plan to do!
Where’s my space suit?
Words are just that. They have power FO SHO! (for sure) But where do you start this climb?
- The biggest for me is God, but maybe you’re not there yet. See the next one.
- Talk with someone about it. Gross! Believe me, getting it out of your head is huge.
- Set small achievable goals. Write them down and physically check them off.
- Face it. Deal with it. Don’t let it brew any longer. Kick some butt!
- Did you know you can choose how you feel?
Simple in theory. Make it happen.
I was leading workshops, this was forever ago, and I had a fella that loved everything we were doing and was one of our biggest cheer leaders. That is until one day he wanted to start hosting is own workshops and use my microphone to make it happen. I contacted him privately and potlitely said that its not the direction we are taking the group. HOLY COW! He blew up. He went everywhere smearing me. Anyone that would listen he was talking smack (bad stuff). Man, I let this steal so much of my time worrying about it and for no good reason. His fire fizzled out, nothing he said affected me or the group. Waste of time and energy on my part. I made Olympus Mons out of nothing. He later emailed me and apologized for his conduct and I forgave him.
I’m writing this as a reminder to myself with the added bonus that maybe it may help someone else. You’re not alone even if it feels like it. Don’t loose another minute to self doubt, fear, or anger. Attack the problem and kick some serious mountain keister today!