Interestingly, both life and setting a goal can be a lot like climbing a mountain. You need to identify your purpose. You need to have a plan and a well marked path to follow. You need the right people on the path with you. You need to press on and persevere when you hit the tough places. You need to set the right pace. If you don’t those things, you’ll never achieve the prize… which can only be realized at the summit.
At the summit, you know you’ve accomplished your goal. At the summit the satisfaction and fulfillment significantly overwhelms any struggles it took to get to the top. At the summit you can see just how far you’ve come. At the summit you have an entirely different perspective. At the summit you celebrate. At the summit you join the ranks of those who have climbed the mountain. At the summit you realize just how much you are capable of. At the summit you begin to think about the next mountain you want to climb and conquer.
Sure, you’re not always at the summit or on top of the mountain- sometimes you’re in the valley. But that just means that there’s a mountain to be climbed and an opportunity to experience life at the summit, if you’ll simply get started.