I’ve been doing a lot of hiking in a variety of locations lately. I noticed how similar it is navigating a mountain and navigating life. Here are a few of my observations:
- Keep your eyes on the path since there are often things that could trip you up along the way.
- Take a moment every so often to stop and look at the views along the way – it’s not only the summit that is worth noticing, there are many views to be enjoyed along the journey.
- Watch your footing – you never know if the ground you’re putting your foot on is stable until you test it a little.
- The views at the summit are almost always worth far more than the work put in to get there.
- Many will admire the mountains, but not everyone will attempt to put the work in to reach the summit.
- Sometimes the terrain is not what you expected.
- Prepare for the unexpected – sometimes bad weather moves in fast.
- If you get caught in a storm take the time to analyze the situation with as much information as you have at the time and make a swift decision, then act!
- Take in the entire experience all the way through from the base to summit and back to the base.
- It’s more fun to hike with someone than going it alone.
- Look for signs along the way that assure you that you are on your desired route.
- If you make a wrong turn, acknowledge it as soon as possible and backtrack as much as you need to until you can figure the best direction.
- Pick a focus and relentlessly pursue it until you reach it.
Sometimes you learn a lot about the road you are on by taking one that is unfamiliar. I find a great deal of wisdom is gained by placing myself outside my routine surroundings. Sometimes the obvious is seen more easily by simply changing the scenery.