There is something about climbing up the hill that fascinates me personally. I can bet I’m not in this alone; many other people share similar thoughts.
One moment that will never leave my memory was my hike experience on Shere Hills Jos, Nigeria with couple of folks from BOUNDLESS 1935. The uphill view on the Gog and Magog was fascinating, I love that feeling, I could see a longer distance, and the height on the hill gave me the wider view of the whole city of Jos. It was a wow and an unusual experience.
However, the joy of the hill top is not just the only story. I remembered correctly what qualified us for the hike on the hill was the several exercises we were exposed to – we were made to do them even though we never wanted to, all we wanted was the hill-top. It was just a process! It was just a prerequisite! We couldn’t have done otherwise. Those exercises took lots of the energy, made many of us tired even before climbing up the hill, but I also noted that it gave us the mental alertness we needed to get to the hill top. I must confess that leadership can be compared to climbing up the hill.
Climbing the hill was a more difficult task, we needed to roll over some debris at a point, we also needed to push each other at another point, and it was difficult! We even had to take a break at intervals. The male folks had to give special consideration to the female folks. Here is my take – many would have given up on getting to the top if not for the high level of mental strength at our disposal even when obviously all physical strength was lost, also the strength of the team played a significant role in ensuring we all got to the top of the hill. Leadership is also the ability to manage a team efficiently.
Nothing worthwhile comes easy in life! Being on top is always a rigorous process fueled by high level of determination and courage with corresponding skills to get up. It is a sad reality that most folks fail to take a trip to the top, various reasons could be responsible for that; some just like to freelance, some fear they will never make it to the top, others are hunted by past failures or some undeniable realities before them, some are just afraid of climbing – they feel they do not have strength and discipline to do so, and so many other reasons.
I grew up in a community where we did not have access to so many things, we loved to play football on the street and also ride bicycles. It was not easy to get a football to play; it was more difficult to get a bicycle. We had to pay money to have a time to ride the bicycle; many of us couldn’t ride well because we did not have enough money to buy ride-time like others. Riding bicycles on a landscape like the one we had required serious skills, especially when you have to pedal up a hill. It became a big issue for me pedaling up a hill when I was learning how to ride a bicycle. It was frustrating for me because I wasted all my ride-time on getting up the hill that was very difficult and required serious strength and skill. climbing up the hill involves personal development.
So I preferred going down the hill, it was fun, it was easy, it was pleasurable, it just brought all the fun I wanted. Just for the fun of going down the hill, I learnt to confront going up the hill. It is just a reality that to enjoy the freelance of going down the hill, one must first go up the hill.
This is how we are as humans; we just need to pay the prize for getting to the top. One of the speakers in a conference I was in attendance said: “you do not jump up to remain up, rather you climb up”. That registered in my heart that there is a prize to remain up the hill, jumping is quite a easy task compared to climbing. Climbing requires discipline and patience, it requires fitness – you just have to take a step at a time else you fall. There is something climbing guarantees – constant progress. It may require a longer time, but you do not quit. Discipline, sacrifices, and determination is important to getting to the hill.
Climbing the hill can be symbolic of so many things to so many people, to some it is a desired future, to some again a dream job, yet to another it can be how to start a business, how to make money online, or even feature at the Olympic someday. I advise you start now, you may have failed before – you will never be wrong to see it has learning a way not to get to the hill top.
You may be on a journey to the hill-top already and your strength is failing you, I challenge you to hang in there, keep working it out, learn more, develop more skills, take a personal development course, daily improve yourself and you’ll just be right there.
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