For people like Sean Swarner and Lincoln Hall, two climbers I know summiting means successfully making it to the top of a mountain like Mount Everest; achieving a goal they set after investing time and resources in training to acquire the skills and tools needed to get to some of the highest places on earth.
For the next two days, the American Cancer Society’s California Summit event is helping me and 899 other volunteers to do the kind of training we need to achieve the goals we are setting for Relay for Life in 2012. Support, information, acknowledgment and accountability along with helping us map on the talents and abilities we developed in other arenas are part of the formula for success they are providing here.
When you create a vision of what your summit is, a plan to get there and action steps to make it happen have you also generated a training and support plan to increase your chances of success? Climbers like Sean and Lincoln don’t go it alone when they head for the top. They go for the summit accompanied by some of the most experienced guides in the world, the sherpas of Nepal. These local experts are there for support. They are there to guide and ensure, to as much a degree as is possible, a successful summit attempt.
So when it comes time for you to take on one of the major summit attempts in your life including navigating the “new normal” as a cancer survivor, creating balance and wellness in your own life as a caregiver or finally living at your fullest potential sharing your gifts and talents with the world, consider whether you can afford to attempt a solo summit or if tapping into the climbing model and hiring a coach as your personal sherpa might be the thing that truly makes a difference in achieving more than you ever thought possible.
For me, personally, getting as far up the mountain of being a coach as I have in the past year would not have been possible without my own team of sherpas. I could have made base camp on my own…and in the past, that has been my stopping place. The place I got stuck and turned around.
These days, I don’t leave it to chance. I work with coaches who coach me and I attend training days with organizations like American Cancer Society that also understand the value and the payoff of investing in providing people with tools, resources, support and acknowledgment. So what’s your plan for summitting, again?