It always takes that little extra push to keep us moving forward. We often need motivation to break through the doldrums, (the seemingly never ending plateau of nothingness). You know, those times when it feels as if we’re sliding backwards every time we take a step forward.
I had the same feeling while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It felt as if my feet were sliding further backwards each time I took a step upward on the loose gravel. The closer I got to the summit the more difficult each step became. The last half mile up the summit was plain drudgery.
My guide was always up ahead encouraging me to keep moving onwards and upwards, “Almost There,” he kept repeating, “just around the next bend, we’re nearly there.” As we would round the next bend and there was yet another stretch in front he would smile and say, “just a little bit more. You’re almost there.”
There are various factors that determine our Motive-Ation (Motive-in-Action) One of my main energizers was the fact that I had already envisioned that I would make it to the top. I was going to the top no matter what or at least as long as my body allowed me to.
“Put one foot in front of the other,” I was singing to myself. Inch by inch it’s a cinch I was thinking. There was so little oxygen flowing to my brain that thinking anything more complex than these small recurring easy to remember thought loops was virtually impossible.
Before I knew it, it happened. A beautiful explosion of sunlight glistened off Kili’s massive glacier. It was bigger than I could have ever imagined. My own personal image is now eternally etched on my mind.
Thanks Coleman , you are an ode to coaches everywhere… Coaches who help us master the Art of Motivation!
If you haven’t already, please make sure you sign up to my blog. I will send you awesome articles once a week on a Tuesday straight to your primary inbox. My articles include unique success stories, entrepreneurial advice, sales tips and business building success strategies. You can sign up HERE and you will receive a FREE Sales Training Video for immediate viewing just for joining.