Everything Worthwhile Is Uphill

John Maxwell said: “Everything worthwhile is uphill.” The great leaders’ uphill climbs are the products of their continuing and relentless search for those things in life that bring value and richness to achieving their life’s purpose and meaning. Their pursuit is one of passionate intentionality and commitment to accomplish each new climb. With each step, they find solace in the words of an unknown author: “When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.” This visualization motivates, inspires and  brings reality to the joy and rewards their climbs will bring.

Great leaders are far different from Sisyphus, a man in Greek mythology, who was punished for all eternity to roll a rock up a mountain only to have it roll back down to the bottom when he reaches the top. Their life is a magnificent and endless series of spectacular and challenging ascents to summits and views of life and living undreamed. They hold closely the words of Edmund Hillary: “It’s not the mountain that we conquer but ourselves.” For it is in the climb, in each precious step, that great learning and becoming take place. In each new ascent, may you remember the wise counsel of T. S. Eliot: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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1 Response to Everything Worthwhile Is Uphill

  1. Jack Beach says:

    ‘“When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.’ This visualization motivates, inspires and brings reality to the joy and rewards their climbs will bring.” Yes, and great leaders also inspire not only by identifying the gains a mission offers but the challenge it requires. They challenge themselves, and others, to dig deep into themselves to see if they have what it takes. They motivate not through the promise of extrinsic rewards but by the challenge of the work itself and the chance to see if we measure up. And yes, ““Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” Great leaders know that the tangible rewards of success are not the most powerful motivators but rather the intangible rewards of taking on long odds and prevailing.

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