May
04
2008

Being the first to reach your goal does not make you the winner

It seems to me that achieving your goal makes you more of a survivor. It means your still alive, and you haven’t yet joined the living dead.

I was reading Justin Herald’s money stuff blog today and it reminded me of one of the most incredible and motivating stories of survival that I’ve ever heard.

It is the story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates. You may have heard of the documentary film of their story (and the book) called “Touching the void.” If you haven’t seen it, here’s an introduction for you:
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7zadH1ZqAE[/youtube]
The following video explains Joe’s method of setting small goals and achieving them in order to survive.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T24VjonU7A[/youtube]

It’s an incredible illustration of the power of setting small achievable goals. If Joe thought about the huge task of getting off the mountain with major dehydration and a broken leg I’ve no doubt that he would have died and we would never have heard this story.

Too often it’s hard to block out the noise of life. The demands of others, the voices in your head, your doubts, fears and worries, the boredom, the striving for pleasure – they’re all distractions sucking you away from reaching your goals.

But, when the chips are down and there is nothing but survival to achieve, everything becomes clear. The distractions fade away and moving 20 feet from rock to rock is your singular thought. That is what drives you on.

How can we get that kind of clarity down here on the ground? Step by step, one bite at a time.

Written by brettg in: Goal setting |

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