Kim invited me to do the Incline Trail with her in Manitou Springs-- it's a trail that every person has to do at least once, so of course I said yes. It's a mile high that has stairs leading the way up. The total hike is around 3.5 miles, but little did I know that 2,100 feet up is at a 68% grade.
I came so close to turning around, quitting, possibly throwing up, barely able to breath as I took on those steps. But, I didn't turn around (or throw up). I kept climbing. One foot in front of the other. One step at a time. And, once we made it to the top, I honestly felt so proud of myself. I pushed through the negativity and the lack of oxygen to keep myself going, even when I didn't want to.
I think about my 100 Day Challenge that I'm currently doing (to see click here), and I thought about how the climb to achieve your goals, and to be your best self never ends, even when you reach the top. I have a long way to go until I get my own summit, but I'll keep taking it one step at a time until I reach it. And then, I'll find a new summit to climb. There have been, and will be, challenges and times where I feel like I want to give up. But, I'll remind myself, "hey if I can scale 2,000+ feet, I can take on this day, this challenge, these negative thoughts, whatever it may be, head-on." Sometimes it takes a moment or 10 minutes to catch your breath-- and that's ok. Set little goals, markers, and check points to keep yourself on track as you keep scaling that mountain. That's exactly what I'm doing with my 100 Day Challenge. I find it a little ironic that I physically did what I'm mentally trying to accomplish. But hey, what's life without a little humor?
I hope some of you have started your own 100 Day Challenges, and I would love to hear about them. We're all scaling some type of mountain-- just remember to catch your breath if you need to, and take it one stair at a time while going up the summit.