Monday, May 8, 2017


What does it mean to be successful? A question many of us ask but few are able to answer. Does it mean getting that big promotion at work only to realize that you now just answer to a different boss? Or, does it mean living pay check to pay check, working 70 hour weeks coming home at 4am every night all so you can pay to keep a roof over your children’s heads and food on their plates? Success, whether big or small, is still success.  Whatever your personal definition of success is, the dictionary defines it as the accomplishment of an aim, goal or purpose.  Believe it or not, success is a purpose or goal that sits on top of a mountain waiting for you to reach it.

If success is the accomplishment of aim, I set my sights on unrealistic goals.  Many people are afraid of creating unrealistic goals and prefer to live in the status quo.  They fear failing, rejection and deny themselves the opportunity to succeed at something greater than they believe is possible.  Last summer, I invited a friend of mine, who was facing many struggles and obstacles in his life to join me on a hiking trip in Colorado. I challenged him to take a risk, set an unrealistic goal and let’s climb that unrealistic goal called a mountain.  He agreed.

From the very beginning, the difficulty of Barr Trail was obvious.  This path that leads to the top of Pike’s Peak, is not a simple stroll through the park. When hiking a mountain in Colorado, it is not only physically challenging but mentally as well. The further we hiked, the more the elevation took a toll on my friend.  The higher you hike in elevation, the less oxygen there is in the atmosphere. As we pushed higher, the amount of negative thoughts increased. “I’m not good enough” and “I’m not capable of making it to the top” filled my friend’s head greatly discouraging him from achieving his goal.  With a mile remaining to the summit, I gave him an ultimatum.  “You can either find the courage to prove to yourself that you are capable of doing great things, or, you can quit on yourself and hike 11 miles back down to the car. The choice is yours.” I turned and began the last one mile to the top.  After many hours of oxygen deprived hiking and the constant battles with self-doubt, my friend made it to the 14,110ft summit. Success!

As people progress through life, success is molded and formed from what other people perceive success to be rather than through personal accomplishments.  You begin to believe that you are not capable of achieving unthinkable tasks and worry more about what other people think of you.  You constantly worry about what type of car you drive, the brand of clothes you wear, the number of exotic places you have been, the number of children you have and what their accomplishments are.  This image you have created in fear of failure and rejection becomes a reality.  It becomes what you believe is success when really it is all based on what others created for you. Is this idea of personal self-fulfillment based on what others think, a success? That’s for you to decide. I tend to believe success sits on top of a figurative or literal obstacle, a mountain that can and will be climbed.

What is your mountain in 2017? My mountain is Long's Peak. 14,259 feet above sea level. This year, break free of the status quo and join us this summer. August 9th-13th 2017, 4 mountains 3 days. If interested in joining us this summer, please contact me at for further information. You don’t want to miss this!