Nothing Great Was Ever Achieved Without Enthusiasm.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
After an inspiring invitation from my friend and Super-Coach, Stephen McGhee some months ago to scale one of the highest mountains in the world in South America, I settled for something a bit closer to home… This last spring, I and two of my clients decided to hike to the peak of the tallest mountain in Arizona (12,633ft.,on Mount Humphrey). It took us nearly 4 hours to reach the summit that Saturday. With all the signs and sounds of pain and exhaustion on the pathway to the peak, one would have expected to find an infirmary at the top. But, at the summit, we found a celebration.
The sore songs of the trail were silenced by sweet sounds of triumph, trophy, and breathtaking awe at the limitless view that surrounded us at every turn. While at the top, many stories were shared of the assent, good times, tough times, and little-known trail secrets. Some shared that they had made it to the peak in 3 hours, others 2.5, and then a man wearing little more than a loincloth, muscle shirt, and running shoes clamored to the top.
“How long did it take you?” I asked. He quickly glanced at his watch.
“a buck 16.” (in layman’s terms that’s an hour and 16 minutes)
WOW! I thought, he was twice as fast as ANYONE I knew! “What’s your best time?”
“a buck 16,” he replied. “And this is my third time.”
In less than 3 minutes he turned around and bounded back down the mountain.
I was thoroughly INSPIRED by this man. My mind raced to see how this was even possible! 4,300 ft increase in elevation from the nearest parking lot at a distance of more than 5.5miles… lots of rocks and roots, loose gravel, and nothing but crumbled lava fields in the tundra above 11,000 feet. It would take a quick eye and even quicker feet because with that kind of terrain, at those speeds you can’t just run on the path, you have to spring from every rock and root as everything else is too loose to hold you.
I let the inspiration MOVE me…
And I made it down in a buck 9. (one hour nine minutes) THRILLING!
My nearest client didn’t hit the bottom for another two hours after I reached the base.
I have found, time and time again, that the moment inspiration strikes, that is the time to make a move.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Begin it now.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust, 1808)
quoted by W. H. Murray
(on his Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951)
Thinking back… it was a very dangerous thing I choose to do that afternoon atop the summit of the my “little” Mount Humphrey. But, not only did I survive the descent… I soared! Nearly ever quickened step found solid root or rock, and for every one that didn’t, something else was there (a tree, or mound of dirt) to help me keep a strong and steady flow down the mountain.
So, step 1: Trust the process of creation and be moved by what inspires you.