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The Key To Success Is Not To Quit when the going gets tough…

That is how I climbed Mount Everest.

This blog is coming to you today from the heart of the French Alps. I am looking out of my window at the most beautiful view of wall to wall mountains, sprinkled with a fresh covering of snow. As are the trees and everything else in sight. It is truly uplifting and inspiring. However getting here required true grit and determination, which reminded me about the importance of not quitting when the going gets tough.

In order to get to the airport in time to get a flight out from snow-bound Britain, I had to drive through a snow storm in the middle of the night, over a high pass in the Scottish highlands. The weather was so bad I had to stop several times because I couldn't see where the road was. It was frightening. Truly! However as I crept slowly along at 25mph in the darkness, which was mostly white, like my knuckles gripping the steering wheel, I started talking to myself and telling myself that if I just kept going I would eventually get there. And of course I did. And here I am, in paradise!

That is how I climbed Everest, by keeping going, one step at a time, and being certain that if I just kept doing that, then I would eventually stand on the summit of my dreams. And I did. 

The key to success truly is not to quit. That is not easy, because challenges don't come easy, or they wouldn't be challenges. The desire to give up is there within us all at some point. To take the easy road back down the hill, back to our comfort zone, back to security. Every step taking you away from that wonderful feeling of success and achievement that would have been yours if only you had kept going…

Failure can become a habit, but so can success. When I was training to climb Everest I climbed lots of hills, and I made a point of getting to the very top. Even if the weather was bad I would still go to the summit when my mind was saying: "you don't need to do this, you can turn around now and you'll be back down in the warm car in half an hour…". I always made myself go on, because I didn't want to get into the habit of stopping before I reached the top. I didn't want to get into the failure habit.

The more you succeed the more you want to succeed, because the feeling of success is SO AMAZING! It's so good you want to keep recreating it. You know it's worth going through the hard times, pushing through the fear and the pain barrier. 

So in 2010 get into the habit of succeeding at everything you do. Don't set your goals too high at first. Make sure they really are achievable, and then gradually you will be able to set your sights higher and higher….and higher…. until the summit of your seemingly unattainable Everest is just a short step away.

See you on the summit.

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