We head to the French Alps in 174 days for 9 days of chosen suffering and beauty beyond belief. We mostly know what to expect as this is our third rodeo, so to speak. However, in 179 days we are jumping into unchartered water. Instead of our normal 60-70 miles and 6,000 – 8,000 feet of climbing, we’re headed out for an epic adventure over three out of category climbs (11,000 feet + of climbing) and over 100 miles in total. We’ve never done something this far outside our comfort zone and we’re now 5 years older. This is a simple example of why you and I need crystal clarity around why we’re doing anything difficult.
No why? No way.
Fact. You see, friend, most of our big dreams, audacious adventures, and stretch goals are hatched when we’re warm and cozy in front of our fireplaces and feeling comfortable. All kinds of crazy ideas are concocted in the comfort of the cocoon, so to speak. Nothing wrong with this, it’s just the way humans tend to work. If, however, you actually want to achieve what you’re after, you need to anticipate the obstacles in your way before you find 20 degree climbs coming around the next switchback. If you don’t have clarity of why your aim is worth the effort in these MOT (moments of truth), your obstacle is gonna shred your spirit. No why. No way.
However, if you dream big while you’re comfortable (almost all my craziness comes from the comfort of our warm/cozy office, btw) you need to anticipate the obstacles and prepare your mind to answer in the affirmative when you clearly see some nasty shit in your way. You’ve got to know why you’re here, why you’re headed into hard things, and why it matters to you and yours. Know why. Know the obstacle is the way. Know why? Know the way.
Dream big, friend. Dream and do. Do the work to prepare for bringing your big dream into reality. And, don’t forget to anticipate the obstacles and how you’re gonna answer them when they show up along the way. Pre-load your response. Pre-load it. Keep working. Are you starting to understand why clarity is critical, friend?
Know why. Know the way. Good…