I used to do a lot of backpacking.
Once me and a buddy decided to take the back route to Mt. Whitney.
Most people go in through the front, so it’s really crowded.
But the back way in is a lot less crowed, and therefore has a lot more wide open meadows and streams and lakes with a lot of fish.
The back way to the top is a five day hike. The front way is two, one if you start at dawn.
The first day was the worst. Fifteen miles. We wanted to push over the first pass, which was very difficult.
One stretch of about two or three miles was particularly grueling.
A long, uphill walk on very loose gravel.
It was so loose that simply walking forward, by pushing off with your feet you lost a little ground.
But once we got over that first pass, it was magnificent.
A HUGE valley with several small lakes. Plenty of fish. No other people.
On the other hand, I’ve been car camping quite a bit. Where you drive right up and park.
Sometimes people even sleep in the car. You can bring huge coolers filled with food straight from the grocery store.
It’s only sort of camping if you sleep outside. But nothing comes close to sleeping on the ground, under the stars, knowing there’s no other people around for fifty miles.
Everybody wants more out of life. But few people are willing to put in the work to get there.
Some people spent a great deal of time, money and effort looking for “shortcuts” that will circumvent the necessary work.
If they’d spend that SAME amount of time, money and effort on ONE GOAL, for at least a year, they would make amazing progress.
Most any goal you want (at least that’s worthwhile) WILL take time. It will take effort.
And you will have those long uphill climbs that seem like you’re putting in TONS of work and not making any progress.
That is when it’s easiest to quit. To question your motivations. That’s when the self doubt starts to creep in.
You may even find that the biggest obstacles between where you are and where you want to be are your own doubts and fears.
Does this mean if you remove your doubts and fears your goals will magically appear?
But the required ACTION to get there will be much more fulfilling.
So much so that you’ll enjoy doing it. Even if others think you’re crazy.
If you don’t take efforts to create your life, somebody else will do it for you.
Most people are content to do that. It’s safer. Less scary. You won’t get in trouble.
But you won’t get much else, either.
What do YOU want?