False Summits Are Still Summits

false summitsOften when climbing mountains, one encounters false summits. A false summit “looks” like the top but once you reach it you see there is more to climb… Nevertheless, false summits are still summits.

False Summits Are Still Summits

False summits, goals, achievement, and success all go hand in hand because whatever we envision as the top of the proverbial mountain more often than not always ends up NOT being the top.

And false summits can be demoralizing if not downright soul-crushing if you allow them to be. If you allow them to be…

Never lose sight of how far you have climbed and acknowledge that. Keep climbing, because every false summit is usually followed by a plateau… and even if you might suspect the next top is another false summit, strive to reach it anyway as each false summit in life is still a summit.

To put it in more precise Life Coaching terms… our summits in life… our peaks of achievement are only that if we choose believe they are. Chances are that you can always do more or do better… Because when you reach any summit, to think that is as far as you can go, ever, is more than likely a limiting belief and I can tell you that most limiting beliefs are not accurate.

Every success in life, every achievement, and every summit (false or not) is important in life because every success is built on prior success. And to climb even the biggest mountains in life, there are going to be false summits along the way… The key is that when you see that next summit… real or not… keep moving towards it.

Three years ago in 2013, I ran the Leadville Trail 100 Run in 23:18:29 and for two years; I really thought and believed that was it for me… Of course, I had a spectacular day that day and that played huge part in it all but for two years I feared that was the top of my game as a runner and a height that I could never surpass.

A year ago though I saw something that inspired me and pushed me to reach a new summit. My 23:18:19 in a sense was a false summit for me. Realizing that, I dedicated the past 12 months to beating that time, to reaching a new summit of performance. I set my goal. I focused on my goal. I made many trade-offs in life to reach my goal. I WORKED hard to reach my goal and eventually I came to believe and have unshakable faith that I could indeed reach my goal…

This weekend I did just that by setting a new Leadville Trail 100 Run personal best time of 22:43:19 (29th overall) and I could not be happier. Right now my next peak or summit is a obscured by fog as I am recovering but I am sure it is out there but once I see it, I guarantee I will be reaching for it whether it is a false summit or not.

Keep climbing!

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 20 August 2016

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