What Exhilarating Hills Do We Pass Up?

by jon on June 2, 2013

“This is crazy, I can’t expect to do this…this isn’t for me.” I muttered this a couple weeks ago as I looked over another giant hill on my mountain bike and decided not to ride down it.  As I held down my brakes, my mind was convinced that there is a certain type of hill I am able to ride down and this clearly was not one of them.


( This is just the path and I promise the hill was much steeper then this :) )

As I walked down the hill I took a moment to reflect and had a brief flash of insight. I had really just created a story about what was and was not possible – out of thin air. I realized that the belief that I couldn’t make it down that steep hill was completely made up.So I decided to test it. I decided to go down another hill just like it (and several more) and the ride was one of the most exhilarating I can remember. When I was done, I spent a little time thinking about what I would have missed if I had given in to the voice in my head.  Luckily, on that day I was able to pause and see that I was getting in my own way.  So without pausing from time to time, how do you and I know what is really possible for ourselves especially in our personal and professional life? If things are good for you now, what would make them great? What exhilarating hills are you passing up and not realizing it?

We will be exploring these ideas and more at our next course at The Center for Intentional Leadership on June 24-25. Contact me at jon@centerforintentionalleadership.com if you want more information.  Enjoy your week.

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Jocelyn Courtney June 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Loved this! Also, I never had the chance to comment on it, but your post on writing your own core values is possibly my favorite post of yours! Well done! If your next course might apply to me, let me know…I’m on the east coast this summer! :)


jon June 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Thanks Jocelyn! So good to hear from you. The course is June 24-25 so let me know. It would be perfect for you!


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