5 Ways Mountain Climbers Will Inspire You to Achieve Your Goals

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Imagine yourself halfway up the side of a 90˚ drop, hundreds, or even thousands of feet above ground level. You are just about to take that next step upwards, when one of your ropes snaps and falls behind you, leaving you in a tight spot that could mean either life or death. As Hollywood-movie-stunt-scene as this may seem, it is a real life situation that happens to extreme mountain climbers everyday. So what do you do to get yourself out of this situation and still reach the top?

Climbing the side of a mountain or rock cliff is just like working to accomplish your life and career goals, without the gravity of such an extreme situation. Climbers must be skilled, and patient enough to find a way to reach the top of the mountain and achieve their goal, no matter what obstacles they encounter along the way. In the same sense, you will have to work your way through problems and make sound choices if you ever wish to achieve any of your lifetime goals. Below are five essential characteristics of mountain climbers that can help you on your climb to reach your goals.

1. Patience

Mountain climbing is a skill that requires a great deal of patience. Let’s face it: no one can expect to conquer a mountain climb in a short window of time; it takes smart decision-making and a great degree of self-control to reach the top. In the same way, you should not expect to accomplish your lifetime or career goals as soon as you set them. Give yourself time to learn and develop your skills; then break down your long-term goals into a series of smaller, more practical goals. As you continue to accomplish these smaller tasks, you will eventually find yourself getting closer and closer to your end goal.

2. Discipline

Having patience also means having the discipline to accomplish the task(s) at hand. Being disciplined means having the self-control and the motivation to complete your task so that you can get even closer to achieving your end goal. Mountain climbers must be disciplined enough to work through problems and obstacles, and also maintain focus while keeping themselves calm and collected, even in dangerous, and/or unexpected circumstances. In the same way, you must exercise discipline when working to achieve your career and personal goals.

3. Determination

No one could expect to reach the peak of a mountain or achieve a lifetime goal without some degree of determination. Let’s face it, if you don’t have the desire, or the drive to do something, then you simply won’t do it. Climbers might have the added incentive of not dying to help them reach the top, but when it comes to reaching your personal and career goals, unexpected setbacks and seemingly impossible obstacles can be enough to kill your optimistic attitude. This is why staying determined is extremely important to your success. When something hard or frustrating comes along, don’t let it deter you; slow down, take a deep breath, and remember why you are doing this, so that you can get right back to climbing.

4. Problem Solving/Critical Thinking

Remember that situation we talked about earlier, about the rope snapping and the climber hanging on for dear life? Although you may not experience such an extreme situation with your career or personal goals, you do have to have the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to work your way through the problem so that you can keep going. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are just as vital to your success as your having patience and determination. Without the ability to analyze problems and discover how to work them out, you will not be able to learn, and therefore, will not likely be entrusted with more responsibility as your career progresses.

5. Perseverance

Having perseverance goes right along with critical thinking and determination. To persevere means to see something through to the end, no matter what obstacle or challenge comes your way. Athletes like climbers and even ball players must be able to persevere for the duration of the climb or the game. In the same way, you must be able to plan and visualize your long-term goals while being able to focus on the smaller, more immediate tasks at hand if you are to see your goals through to the end.

Benjamin Carnahan
I am originally from Cincinnati, OH and lived and studied in Chicago, IL for 8 years after college before coming to the Twin Cities. I studied Liberal Arts at Saint Xavier University and am a freelance writer for Goals.com. I enjoy art, literature, and the outdoors.