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Today was an absolutely stunning day and being such a beautiful day we decided to climb Mt Coolum as a family.  This is something my wife and I have always wanted to do and today seemed like the perfect day to do it.  So we packed a picnic lunch, filled the water bottles and off we went.  Mt Coolum is a large mountain near where we live and is advertised as a 2-4 hour vertical walk round trip.

Arriving at the carpark and viewing the mountain up close, it looked a lot higher and steeper than I thought.  In the back of my mind I was thinking, “Have we made the right decision, should we wait till the kids get older”.  I was expecting to have to carry my 4 year old daughter from about half way but what she did totally amazed me.

We set off in high spirits talking and laughing as we went, then we hit a wall of rock stairs that went straight up.  I asked my daughter if she wanted a hand and she replied, “No Daddy I can do it, I’m going to get to the top”.  With a look of determination off she went, taking one step at a time.  It was inspiring to see this little girl, head down doing what was needed to get to the top.  Occasionally we’d stop to admire the view and grab our breathe then my daughter would comment something along of the lines of, “Come on Daddy lets go, we have to get to the top”.  So off we’d go.

In parts the climb became tricky, I wanted to help my daughter but I knew she wanted to do it on her own.  Instead of offering to help her I said, “here is my hand if you need it”.  She used my hand when she needed and I guided her through the tricky bits.  There was never a word of complaint, actually my daughter would often say, “Look Daddy we are nearly at the top”.   We kept going at our own pace and we arrived at the top with huge smiles and an overwhelming sense of achievement.

This experience with my daughter today showed me what is really needed achieve my goals.

  • Determination
  • Take one step at a time
  • Just do what needs to be done, “Just do it”
  • It is OK to stop and view my progress but never lose sight of the end goal.
  • It is OK to ask for help to get through those tricky situations, find a mentor
  • Time is irrelevant, go at a pace that is comfortable for me
  • The feeling of achievement makes it all worth it.

If my 4 year old daughter can do what is requires to achieve her goals, surely I can do the same.  Actually I will do the same.

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