Everybody’s Everest is a different height!

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Everybody’s Everest is a different height!  This might seem a bit strange, but unless someone corrects me, I believe I coined this phrase. Not that it really matters although it is great to hear it being quoted back at me.

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\r\n\r\nMy everest\r\n\r\nI remember the first time I started thinking this way back in 2010. I used to give out stickers to everyone that went Coasteering with me. The sticker said “I jumped off a cliff and I loved it”.\r\n\r\n\r\nA friend of mine went Coasteering and she had a real fear of her head going under the water. At the end of the Coasteering trip she had done none of the jumps. We all went to the Harbour in Ballintoy and she jumped off the bottom rung of the ladder. She really pushed her comfort levels and the sense of achievement was tremendous.\r\n\r\nHer daughter challenged her about claiming a sticker, saying something along the lines of “but you didn’t jump off a cliff!”. I remember explaining that everyone’s cliff is a different height in terms of what we are comfortable with – I think she understood me.\r\n\r\nMore recently I ran a 10K with a friend who wanted to challenge her fears about running. It was a tough challenge for her and only last night she reminded me that I said to her “this is your marathon”. Much the same as jumping from a height in to the sea can be challenging for some people at 1 foot and for others they need to go to 30 feet or higher; running a race is of marathon proportion depending on your comfort level.\r\n\r\nWhat has struck me though is that I ran a course last week about fears, confidence and comfort zones. I got a trusted friend, colleague, entrepreneur and all round good guy to follow up with the participants this week.\r\n\r\nWhen he called me to discuss the feedback from the first 2 participants he interviewed, he asked me “Where on earth did this Everest quote come from? It has struck a chord with them both and they both quoted it to me!”.\r\n\r\nI’ll tell you something, I smiled from ear to ear! Not just because I knew something had made a positive impact for them. I smiled so much because I realised that I have the ability to realise that what might be easy for some people is really difficult for others.\r\n\r\nHow often do we take for granted our ability to do something that others say “wish I could do that” or “there’s no way I could do that”?\r\n\r\nHow often do we shrink away from our Everests?\r\n\r\nToday I challenge you, get a date in the diary and get your next Everest nailed!\r\n\r\n

Question: What will be your next Everest? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Stephen Brown is passionate about developing people and teams using a variety of activities as opportunities for learning. Stephen is dedicated to helping people overcome fears, challenge their comfort zones and grow as individuals. He has years of experience and skills delivering personal and social development courses for individuals and teams and is committed to helping people realise that they can live a happy life.

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