I have recently come back from an event down on the Gold Coast
Rubbing shoulders with some real talent in the health and fitness industry, all vying to change the industry for the better
The one thing we all shared in common is, we all strive to be better both personally and professionally
We all want to improve the way we show up in life. For ourselves and for the people who place their trust in us to help them with their health and fitness
An interesting concept came up and that is ‘are you even climbing up the right wall’
I remember reading this analogy in a book, I believe it was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
It really got me thinking…
What does he mean by climbing up the right wall? When would I ever be climbing up a wall?
Let’s take a look…
Imagine you are a leader, in charge of hundreds of troops and it’s up to you to lead them to victory
In your way stands a mighty tall wall, destined to slow down your journey. You have to make it over the wall, or else you have failed
On the other side lies victory and the spoils of war
But do they?
How do you even know this is the right wall to go over?
If you’re keeping up so far, great! Stay with me because in a moment I will break down this analogy
The wall represents an obstacle. A real or perceived one, it doesn’t really matter. The point is, you need to make it over the wall to ‘win’
Are you attempting to go over the wall because it’s what everyone else has done before you, or have you been led to believe it’s the right one?
It’s an important question to ask yourself
You have a couple of options in that moment…
You could choose to blindly follow like everyone else and go over that wall, only to discover that what lies on the other side isn’t what you had hoped for
You could listen to your own intuition and make your own judgement. Maybe you don’t even have to go over that wall
This is the perfect analogy for pressures we face in modern society. Most of those are perceived. Do we even need to go through those pressures and tackle obstacles that aren’t really our own
All for the need to please what is considered ‘normal’
Our daily lives are much the same
More often than not we take on too many things, only to find that once we get them done
We don’t feel any different. We don’t feel fulfilled. Then we question whether that was the right thing to do in the first place
So my advice is simple…
Stop, ask yourself ‘do I even need to go over that wall’
Or can you choose to make your own path and either walk around the wall or find a different one to climb
It’s a deep concept… what do you think?