Conquering Your Mt. Everest

Most of us are familiar with Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain peak, in Katmandu, Nepal. In 2001, two Americans reached the Everest summit. Sherman Bull, a 64-year-old physician from Connecticut, was the oldest climber to ever summit Mt. Everest. The other climber was Erik Weihenmayer, 32 years old, of Golden, Colorado. He was the first blind man to conquer the 29,035-foot peak.

Within each of us, there are obstacles that can seem as challenging as climbing Mt. Everest. Perhaps it is the need for more education to be able to seize that company promotion. Or perhaps it is to develop the relationship skills necessary to get along with the people we work with…or live with.

For many of us, our Mt. Everest is FEAR. Fear can paralyze us from being open to new opportunities of personal growth. As human beings, we resist the process of change. This condition of equilibrium, called homeostasis, is difficult to overcome. Even when we are miserable in a situation, we’ll work hard to keep things the same, simply to avoid change. However, just as a rocket ship can break through the atmospheric barrier, we too, can escape from those things that hold us back. In doing so, we experience tremendous personal and professional growth.

Perhaps it is time to take a thoughtful look at the Mt. Everest’s in your life. No matter if you are old or blind, when your intention is clear, the mechanisms will appear. There are ways to reach the summit no matter how great the obstacles…or the fear. What is holding you back from discovering ALL God has for you?

Are you ready? Let the following ideas get you started up that mountainside:

1.  Identify the Abundant Thinkers in your network of relationships. Intentionally build relationships with people, who like you, want to achieve their dreams. Synergy is created when like-minded people put their heads together!

2. Find an Accountability Buddy. This is someone who will hold you accountable to the daily/weekly activities that will cause you to stretch and grow. A good Accountability Buddy will not allow your excuses to derail you from your dreams.

3. Find a Coach or a Mentor. Take advantage of someone who can help you identify Who You Are, What You Want, and your Mt. Everest. A Coach or Mentor can help you devise an Action Plan that will move you out of your comfort zone into the land of possibilities!

It is said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. Insanity can look a lot of different ways, but it certainly cowering to FEAR, which then keeps us stuck from moving forward. Perhaps it’s time to explore who you are, what you want, and to overcome your Mt. Everest. You are worth it!

Your Success Mentor,
Margi Starr



Thoughts from Pensacola Beach

Yesterday I walked barefooted on the sugar-white sandy beaches of Pensacola, Florida.

I have wonderful memories there playing in the sand and sun with family. The gulf breezes, the colorful T-shirt shops, and the tasty fish sandwiches at Flounders awaken my senses. I love this place.

And yet offshore, there lurks a monster that threatens the way of life for this vacation wonderland.

Millions of barrels of oil are spewing from a broken pipe line miles away. As the clock ticks, the black monster is silently making its way to the sugar-white beaches. Sometimes it teases by slowing down its journey and slightly shifts its path.

But despite the efforts of man, the tentacles of this fearful enemy, continues on its course of destruction.

As I stood on the beach looking out at the horizon, I felt helpless. Like a mouse standing before a giant elephant, I am defenseless against this black oily monster.

I can’t control the devastation that this will cause.

Each day I am faced with things that distract me. Oil spills are just one of them.

I wake up to the news of a loved one stricken with cancer… Or a young family breaking apart… Or the stock market plummeting.

There are lots of oil spills around me. They just look different.

The one thing, however, that I CAN control is ME.  My focus, my thoughts, my attitudes.

I have the CHOICE to focus on that which is horrible or that which is wonderful.

I look at the horizon and see the sun still rising in the east. I believe in faith, hope, and love.

I control what things consume my mind, heart, and energy.

Whatever I am THINKING…is what I ATTRACT…and is what I BECOME.

To your success,