As I mentioned last week, I will be sharing lessons on overcoming fear, taking action, and creating More in business and life. In every adventure there is a message…
It was a beautiful crystal clear day and I was excited. I was about to attempt rock climbing for the first time. My partners in crime were two gentlemen. One was 6 feet tall, muscular, fairly new to rock climbing but infinitely more experienced than me..and determined to conquer the mountain. The other was the guide, 5’8″ wiry with crazy hair and a quick wit. His constant teasing and joking put me at ease. And we began.
The first climb was a beginner slope. I had no problem with it; feeling mildly like a proud spider girl as I ascended. But then…
I heard them talking about how well I was doing and the decision was to advance to Dead Man’s Cliff. Spider Girl’s cockiness instantly turned to trepidation.
The guide was still cracking jokes, and when I looked up at the endless vertical climb in front of me I began to question if perhaps a more serious approach was in order.
The climb was challenging to say the least. I began to use my arms too much to pull me up and I came to realize this tactic was exhausting. At 150 feet, with 50 feet left to the top, I found myself in a terrible place.
My arms were shaking. I looked around frantically and there were no handholds within reach. I was hungry. Tired. And petrified. I couldn’t go up. And as you can imagine, I didn’t want to go down…
The guide was above at the pinnacle calling out words of encouragement. His tone was no longer joking, but firm. “You can do this! See the hold above your head to the left?”
Me- “Yes…but it’s about a foot past where I could possibly reach!”
Guide- “You can do it! Just jump and reach out for it.”
Aside… I’m 150 feet in the air, clinging to the side of a mountain, with every ounce of energy depleted, and getting damn crabby…and he’s telling me to JUMP?!
Me- “NO WAY!!!”
Guide- “I got you.”
Me- “You are nuts!! I can’t do this!” (sobbing now)
Guide- “I got you. You can do this and you will. Now jump.”
I must say I was not happy with the man at this point. I was angry! I wanted to give up. I was scared to death. But I realized I had to do it. My hands were slipping and I was falling either way. I had to go for it.
I bent my knees, begged the universe for mercy, and jumped….
Be on the lookout for the conclusion of this adventure as well as the beginning of the next- Next week we’ll resolve trust and move on to letting go.