I have this little sculpture on my desk that I look at daily as a reminder that as comfortable as we can get from time to time, the reality is we must each climb that rock every day if we wish to succeed long term. It would be much easier if we could coast at times and work hard the rest of the time. But that strategy won't hold up for long. And the truth is that it is so much harder to start and stop and start again. You have to keep climbing.
Some days, you reach the top. Other days you spend clinging to the sheer rock face by your fingertips, never moving up more than a few inches. But you come back the next day and there's the rock again. It can be your enemy, your nemesis, your toughest adversary. But over time it can become your partner, your incentive, your respected competitor.
The rock transforms daily. The light shifts, the conditions change, some days it seems larger or smaller than the day before. And we are never the same in our daily climb. Some days we have boundless energy, others we can barely muster the will to look up. But the rock is there and we know what must be done.
So accept and respect the rock. Gear up. Look up. Get a toe-hold. Reach up to that next little ledge and begin the climb. Raise yourself up. Take a seat at the top and marvel at the view. Until tomorrow.