Well a couple of weeks ago a friend was organising a charity event Climbing Mount Cooroora (Pomona) for the locals. Because I know I am a lot slower uphill than others I decided to leave earlier so that I could meet everyone at the top. All was going well and I was enjoying meeting the people that over took me and also those that were coming down.
The trouble happened when I got to a spot that there was a large step up and I didn’t think I could make it and was fearful of slipping. So I thought I would take what looked to be the easier route off to the side which appeared to have smaller steps and more trees to hang on to.
The decision seemed perfect to start with until I got up the track a distance and was stuck. I could not go up further but I could not get back on the path as there was no path across. I sat and looked at options but at the moment I could not see any options and started to get scared that I was going to slide all the way to the bottom.
I was lucky that there were a couple of lovely ladies coming down the mountain that saw me sitting there and asked if I was okay. I had to at that moment swallow my pride and admit that no I was stuck and scared and could not work out what to do from there.
As they had fresh eyes on the situation they were able to show me the way and show me how to go from there back up the correct path.
1. Don’t leave the path
2. Ask for help – usually the person with fresh eyes will see the solution clearer
Further on up the mountain my friends caught up to me and for the most challenging section of the climb I was able to follow the footsteps of my friend and experienced hiker. Following someone with experience helped me regain my confidence so that I could then climb down on my own.
The big lesson I took from the day was
1. In business you may often become stuck and fearful and don’t want to ask for help. How many times could there be a person with the answer just waiting and wanting to help.
2. The importance of using a mentor at times to show us the way until you are confident on your own
3. DON’T leave the path as even if short term it looks better it may not be long term