The Climb

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“We climb the ladder but lose sight of why we started the climb in the first place.  Happiness is an inside job and it begins with being yourself,” Jay Shetty.  I think this is an appropriate follow up to discussing climbing.  I think the part we lose sight of at times is the why behind the dream.  Dreams are enticing and captivating and alluring—they are designed to make us look at “the more.”  If we approach a dream with the end goal solely being wanting more, that dream and the effort we put in become hollow.  There is no reason for doing the work. The second part of Jay’s quote is probably the most important: happiness is an inside job and it begins with yourself.  If we think that something external is going to solve the inner desires and wants once we achieve it, we will lose sight of the value of what we are doing.  Put simply, if we are only doing something for accolades, the accolades become the goal.

Dreaming is nice.  Having the confidence to go after the dream is even better.  Knowing how to break it down and really attain it is better yet.  But if you don’t know why you want something, you will always be looking for the next best thing.  The why matters.  The goal has to be something bigger, something outside of ourselves in the sense of material gain or praise.  The goal needs to be about fulfilling your purpose and that purpose is usually always about how you can bring value to others.  There is a keen sense of personal fulfillment when you are able to help others.  We are bred for it.  Think of the variety of gifts on this planet.  People can teach, dance, sing, build, create, design, orchestrate, make music, battle the elements, make our lives more comfortable, create new ways to communicate with people across the world, unite for common causes, fly, make things explode in beautiful colors, tell stories; the list is endless.  Each of those things has a purpose.

So that is the first gap we have to close, prior to achieving anything: why do we want the things we say we want?  What is the end goal?  Some purposes will have no end, we are meant to carry them forward and improve on them in order to serve a mission.  Some purposes are fleeting, a moment caught in time, a nudge forward to something better—but even those steps matter in the grand scheme of things.  Regardless of longevity, we have to be comfortable with the purpose behind it.  That climb has to be worth it.  Shetty tells us it’s about happiness but I want to amend that happiness comes from that fulfillment.  We can climb any corporate ladder in the world and achieve what others would consider success, but if that isn’t success to us, there is always another ladder to climb.  So take the time to fill in the why before we begin the ascent.  Give ourselves the purpose and that climb will seem effortless.  Not only that, but we will go further than we ever thought possible.

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