Tackling the Mountain

You might have thought that this was going to be a story about overcoming adversity, and how persistence pays off when achieving your goals. In reality, this is a story about how you need to be prepared in order to get your targets met.

It sounds like such a simple matter, and truthfully, it is really obvious. If you are going to climb a mountain, you need to be prepared. There is something to be said for being spur of the moment, and some incredible finds occur when you are spontaneous, but there are other times when the preparation is key.

When you are climbing a mountain there are a few things you should probably have thought of well in advance and have taken good stock of.

The list is short. You should;

1/ Know what equipment you are going to need, and have that equipment in good order and available

2/ Be physically fit. Stamina, lung capacity, general body strength.

I was recently in a position to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It has been on my bucket list for a long time, so, despite the short time frame to wrap up jobs and get on a plane, I jumped at the opportunity.

I am experienced and have done several long treks and climbs over the years, so I had all of the equipment that I thought I would need on the trip. On that count, I was correct and had no need for concern. Of the group I was travelling with I was probably the best turned out in gear, and that paid off.

In terms of physical ability, that was less certain. I am not a generally unfit person. I exercise and play sport regularly. It is important to know that as one gets older physical fitness and diet perhaps need to be taken into greater account. You know what its like – when you’re younger you can stay out all night and still go to work the next day, you can eat the worst food and not even notice it.

However, since I have been very actively doing cross training for the last six months and probably in the best physical shape that I have been in for the last ten or so years, it felt fantastic to have been able to at really short notice to decide and say ‘yeah I can do something like that no problems’.

What threw me is that we approached the summit, in the crucial days before, a few of the hikers were extremely anxious and there was so much discussion about their ability to successfully make it to the top. I was, in fact, unaware of what it was really going to take to climb this mountain. I was so busy getting work wrapped up, and despite being physically in great shape and having the needed equipment, I did not give it a second thought. So when some of the other trekkers started to worry, I did not. The reality was, for me, that as I got into the ‘business end’ of the trek I became so engrossed in the actually doing that it seemed so pointless to have been carrying all that anxiety and consideration about whether I was going to be able to do it or not.

I fell back on the years of physical training and didn’t panic. It was hard work, I won’t lie about that, but I was able to enjoy the moment, this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In business, and in life, this is a lesson to learn. If you have done the preparation work to the best of your knowledge, there is no point in panicking or fretting about your ability, or that consideration that you are not going to make it.

Have enough faith in yourself that you have got this, and then enjoy the experience, take the time to look around you.

What are we building a business for if there isn’t time to enjoy the process, and to savour in the summits we reach, as well as learn the lessons from the ones we didn’t make it on.

One of the things I enjoy about being a Finance Broker is that I get to do that job of laying the preparation for a client. Making sure they have the right equipment (in this case financial instruments), and they are in good physical shape (their business is run correctly financially speaking for expansion to occur).

Then with the right finance, I am guiding them, or assisting them to reach their next summit. Sure we have barriers that arise; lenders not interested in what you have to offer, surprises in financials, and the general economic environment. It is the overcoming of these things, with the best preparation possible, that gives us our most thrilling victories.

Thanks to everyone for your support (and at times patience) over the past 12 months, in what has been a challenging landscape.

Hear’s hoping you get to enjoy some downtime over the holiday break and spend some quality time with family and friends and very much looking forward to working with you all again in 2019.

With the right preparation, what is your next summit to tackle?