Climbing Another Peak

The high of the climb, the grind, the risk, unshakeable self-confidence and persistence. Energy thrives when there’s no quit.

But do you really want to climb Everest again? Knowing the amount of work involved can be mentally exhausting. Not to mention that you have to expend just as much energy and focus as you do climbing up to climb down.

When thrill exceeds stage fright, it’s still may be wise to gut check your ambition, to give up this time around. Just because you were successful the first time doesn’t mean you’ll be successful again. But success may not even be the point, since you really don’t need success to be confident anyway.

By all means, do it again because you enjoy the process. The longer you wait between intervals, the harder it gets to repeat. Rest equals success only when you’re truly done doing the work.

How high will you climb?

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.