I recently had the amazing experience of Climbing Japan’s Mt. Fuji. I also recently had the slightly less amazing experience of turning 69 years old, so this trip up Fuji was no easy task. I wanted to take a moment to share with you three things that I learned on the mountain. I hope they help you.
I’ve climbed lots of mountains before, some, like Kilimanjaro, that were higher than Fuji, and I’m always amazed by the lessons I learn “on the mountain”. The ordeal of a climb tends to crystallize things I’ve been thinking about. It throws my life into pretty sharp focus. And Fuji, partly because we went all the way up and all the way down in just 24 hours, was the hardest mountain I’ve ever climbed. So maybe the realizations I had, and am going to share with you, will be extra good. Fingers crossed.
#1. On Fuji I learned that your commitments to others are some of your best motivators. I went up the mountain with 31 friends. And I can tell you right now that I never would have made it up, or back down, without their support. Not only were we pulling for each other, but we were also, and there’s no better way of saying this, on our best behavior for each other. When you do things as part of a team you want to put your best foot forward. That’s natural human behavior. So you give it your all. And then the communal energy takes over. It’s really powerful. There were moments on the mountain when all I could lean on were the people around me. I was literally following their footsteps, one by one. I was so exhausted that’s all I could focus on.
#2. On Fuji I learned that big, scary challenges are needed to really reach your true potential. I don’t know where you are in your life. Are you going after something that is so big it scares you? Did you put your word on the line to get it done? Did you set a hard deadline? As I prepared for Fuji I knew the date I was going to ascend, and that deadline was enormously powerful in motivating me. Because it was a hard deadline. There was no net underneath it to catch me. I was either going to make it to the top or I wasn’t. When you set up these kinds of deadlines in your life there’s pressure, yes, but the good kind of pressure, the pressure that is going to push you and mold you into your best self.
3. On Fuji I was able to see, once again, the importance of having a daily ritual of powerful habits. There’s no way I would have gotten up that mountain without the workouts I do every morning in my ritual. There’s no way I would have been able to face the moments of negativity when the climb was the hardest without the affirmation exercises I complete every morning as part of my ritual. I didn’t always have a great ritual of stacked habits. But when I finally committed to building a ritual, optimizing the actions in it, and doing them every single day, my life took off. If you don’t have a ritual, if you don’t stack your habits, I urge you to get one. There are amazing experiences on the other side of having a ritual. The sunrise I saw from the top of Fuji was one of the most profound experiences of my life.
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