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What's Your Selfie Like?

18 Mar

“If you want to climb a mountain, start at the top.” - Zen proverb

Okay, that makes no sense wha--    

Wait a minute.

When you think about climbing a mountain, what do you think about? Standing on the…


Looking around at the immense landscape below you - even clouds below you - how cool is that? Rising above the cares of the world and standing on top of it is a rush, isn’t it?

Even if you never intend to climb an actual mountain, you can imagine what it must feel like to be standing on the summit - the majestic view, the crisp, thin air, the stiff wind, the intensity of the sun, and you, tiny little you, feeling indescribably huge… connected... and powerful.

The spirit can’t help but soar from these heights!

As you know, all action must be preceded by thought. You don’t make yourself a cup of tea without first imagining how delicious and warm and soothing a cup of tea would be. You don’t call a friend before thinking about it.

And while it’s easy to imagine the goal, if you imagine the goal from where you are right now, you can get massively bogged down with the enormity of the journey.

It's. Just. So. BIG.

As Sir Edmund Hillary stated, “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

As you imagine the journey from here to there, you rehearse it. This mental rehearsal can be empowering or self-defeating.

Basically you can talk yourself into, or out of, anything.

That’s why starting from the end with a powerful visualization and empowering self-talk, and allowing your mind to reverse-engineer your achievements, makes perfect sense.

When you’re standing at the base of the mountain, you might feel some excitement and anticipation but also some dread. How hard is it going to be? Can I even make it? How much will I suffer? Will I run out of water? How cold is it going to be? Will it be as dangerous as people say it is? Will it be worth it?

All that from-the-bottom rumination gives rise to doubt. When doubt seeps in, belief erodes… and you set yourself up for failure even before you begin.

Thinking from the summit, you take on a different attitude.

You are a “summiter.” You MADE IT to the summit. You are a mountain climber. You are an achiever. Suddenly you’re thinking differently. Bigger. Bolder. From the summit, you can see - imagine - where you've been. You know you had some challenges to get here, but you also had loads of fun. There might have been pain, but it was not suffering. Look what you just did!

Another brilliant and relevant quote: “Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional.” (One of those quotes attributed to about a dozen people…) When you see things from top down, the scariness of the whole endeavor is minimized.

Beginning at the top, your thoughts, emotions and therefore your actions are consistent with your status of “summiter.” Mountain climber. Achiever.


So what’s your mountain? Are you mentally standing at the base, looking up feeling tiny and insignificant, doubting yourself… or are you mentally standing on the summit with your arms outstretched, embracing the universe?

What’s your mental selfie like, right now?

The base camp excited-but-scared/doubtful face, or the WOW-I-just-freakin-DID-this face that's immediately going to make a trans-global journey on Facebook?

Start at the top.

That’s where MindPT comes in. Each session takes you immediately to the TOP of the mountain - whatever your personal mountain is - and creates a new STATE OF BEING for you: summiter. You did it.  When you know this, when you embody it, your feet will follow.


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Jarmila Gorman

Jarmila Gorman is an ultra-endurance athlete, mother of two, photographer, self-help writer and entrepreneur. She enjoys sharing the secrets of positive self-talk, motivation, a winning mindset and perseverance. Favorite quote: "Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try." ~ Yoda

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