I think of myself as a climber, albeit a very baby climber. You know the kind that if it’s at all steep or with any exposure, I want to be tied to a rope with lots of anchors in the rock in case I slip. And even then, my hands sweat.
Earlier this week a friend sent me this video of villagers who live in the high cliffs of Northern China. I watched in awe as people of all ages scampered 2600′ of a rock face going down to town and up to their village, carrying everything from children to washing machines. These weren’t the Free Solo superheros like Alex Honnold. They were just the villagers going about their day.
It reinforced to me all of the beliefs, boundaries and barriers we often carry that block our potential. It reminded me how stressed I can get about things that are so insignificant while missing the bigger opportunity of “going for it” that quietly waits right in front of me.
So please, take a few minutes to watch the link above. Smile. Think to yourself, “where are the areas I think I need so many security blankets to keep safe that really might be in my own imagination?” What if through small steps every day we allowed ourselves to shift our paradigm and see there is a much wider view of what is possible. What would we do? How would we lead? What new beliefs might we embody? I’m right next to you doing the same work. Or maybe it’s not work. It’s about letting go of some misbeliefs we hold.
It is the daily practice of breathing in our values, believing, walking in to new intentions for ourselves and being grateful for the journey that can open a new door to the future. And then, of course, it’s about leaning over our toes and walking forward.