Living at base camp and neglecting to push your boundaries is comfortable. The human spirit has the force to exceed even the greatest of ideas and what others expect of you. We meet head-on the adversity in our personal and professional life alike. One question! What are you made of? What is your organization designed to do? We have more untapped potential as individuals and organizations. It behooves you to lose the blinders, get broad, stay hungry, and scale your Mount Everest regardless of what others think. We move the most of anything when we push our limits. I would like to introduce you to Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

Imagine setting up camp at the base of what will test every ounce of your psychological resources and then some. This is the moment you have trained so passionately for. Only a select group of visionaries have made this 29,029’ trek to the summit of this massive piece of real estate known as Mount Everest. The physical challenge is merely one part of this unparalleled equation and the other being mental depth. I believe it would be safe to say that one part of this equation wouldn’t yield a successful outcome. Let’s focus on the psychological side for a moment. The mental depth it would take to scale this little hill in Nepal (Province №1) would amaze even the greatest athletes to ever compete. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay certainly knew what it took to transcend extreme adversity. In his 1998 autobiography, Sir Edmund Hillary chronicles his weather-appalling climb to the summit of Mount Everest. As half of the daring duo to summit Mount Everest on May 29, 1953, he and Tenzing Norgay set the stage for what others could achieve. Mr. Hillary passed away January 11, 2008 leaving us with this compelling notion.

“You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things — to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”

Each of us has a deep well of psychological resources that can take us to places far beyond our comprehension. Think of a time in your life when you absolutely needed to tap that well. When a common challenge arises and you needed to push through it. You just did it, right? Maybe we just get it done involuntarily in the case of acute and non-invasive challenges such as spilling a glass of tea at the dinner table. The glass topples, we grab a towel and solve the crisis. Perhaps we left our favorite jacket on the deck table and a downpour of rain showed up to soak it. These challenges are present throughout our daily travels and our mental depth is readily available.

When we face our own Mount Everest, the notion of digging deep in order to reach the summit and plant the flag isn’t far at all from possible. It comes easier for some and others seemingly lack the goods to reach down deep into their reservoir of resources to transcend adversity. I can tell you from personal experiences that it is possible to scale those challenges. Are you one of those audacious mountaineers who stare at the summit (goals) of Mount Everest (challenge) and boldly says “I WILL match your awesomeness, accept the challenges ahead, and be victorious.”