Find Your Hill
Swear words aside, we each got our own c&%ksucking boulder that we’re pushing up our own mother$&%king hill. But, does it have to be so hard?
Colleen herself shows us the answer with her 50for50 project. For her 50th birthday, she decided to raise $50,000 in 50 days for writegirl, a non-profit organization that empowers High School girls by connecting them with mentors and workshops that help them find their voices through creative writing. She hit her goal in just 40 days and the dollars kept rolling in.
Reading Colleen’s posts about this experience, one thing became abundantly clear. Colleen loved the hill she was climbing. Her desire to climb that hill surpassed all obstacles. She was writing more than ever. She was working harder than ever. She was tired. She was achy. But every step she took exhilarated her and the view was so very sweet that the boulder she was pushing barely even registered.
Around the same time, my partner and I hit a point of complete and total burnout. Too many things – many of which were beyond our control – had been too hard for too long. We were tired, we were overwhelmed, we had lost our vision and our way. We didn’t know what to do, where to go, or how to get there.
So we looked for help. We found it in the form of a consultation with Danielle LaPorte, who made the following observation:
“The two of you are in a valley, looking up at a mountain. And the problem isn’t that you don’t know how to climb the mountain – you’ve climbed this mountain a million times – the problem is that you’re tired of climbing this mountain. Go find a mountain you want to climb.”
The realization that we had changed – that our dreams had changed – was a huge epiphany for us. One that freed us from self-imposed constraints we didn’t even know we had and opened the way for new dreams, new priorities, new goals – for new hills and vistas, for lighter boulders that were easier to roll.
If the hill you’re climbing feels like a mountain, if the boulder you’re pushing keeps pushing back, it may be time to ask yourself if you’re on the right hill. Through this website, with its exercises and articles, along with my seminars and consultations, I hope to help you do just that.