Reaching the Top

IMG-20170702-WA0013I recently hiked in Arches National Park in Utah. It was 102-degree Fahrenheit with only 7% humidity. An energy sucking, dry heat unlike what many people are used to experiencing.

One highlight of this trip was the climb to Utah’s iconic Delicate Arch.

As the sun pounded down it drained both energy and spirits. Having visited the Arch before, the vision of arriving at that magnificent mark fueled my trek. My Brazilian friend, Pacall, was visiting the National Park for the first time. He’d seen pictures of the Arch and wanted to see it in person.

Arriving at the top of the trail and beholding the beautiful Delicate Arch made the journal worth it – both in seeing the massive Arch and in defeating the brutal conditions required to do so.

Success in our personal lives and careers also takes a vision of what the “Top” of the journal will look like and a passion for getting there. While challenges and obstacles may line our path – an eye single to reaching the top will drive our ability to overcome.

Close your eyes – envision YOU succeeding and reaching the top.

Now open your eyes and take the first steps forward to making it happen!

 

(In full disclose – this is a picture of me and Pacall, but at another arch, not Delicate Arch. But I think it’s a cool pic. Haha)  

 

Living without Regrets

No one wants to live a life full of regrets. I certainly don’t. To that end each year I create a yearly Bucketlist. Despite my best efforts I have three major regrets that come to mind.

  1. Not taking a typing class in high school
  2. Not volunteering for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City
  3. Not taking my mom on a cruise

Not taking a typing class in high school ID-100253306

In high school I took several elective classes generally based on what sounded fun. Practical life skills weren’t top-of-mind in this class selection. I’ve long since forgotten all I learned in astrology, ballroom dance and the like, mostly because I never used that information again. A typing class would have proved useful almost every day of my life since.

So, Now What?
I tell my kids they will take typing in high school and maybe I’ll take an online course myself. I could have written this post 65% faster if my typing skills were improved.

Not volunteering for the 2002 Winter Olympic GamesID-10078316

In 2002, Salt Lake City, Utah welcomed the world as it hosted the Winter Olympic Games. The actual events were held in various venues in the Greater Salt Lake area. Many Olympic venues 30 minutes or less from my home at that time.

Olympic games require large volunteer support. As the games drew near multiple requests were made for volunteers. I highly enjoy sports, competition, and interacting with people from different countries and cultures. Multiple times I considered volunteering, each time I talked myself out of it. There was always a reason (excuse) why I shouldn’t.

My wife and I were able to attend an Olympic hockey event and had a great time cheering on the different countries. However, I missed out on an amazing opportunity to serve the Olympic community while interacting with athletes and fans from across the globe.

All these years later in the winter I see people wearing the Official 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games coats they received as a volunteer – a brutal reminder that I didn’t.

So, Now What?

When a “Once in a Lifetime” opportunity comes… I’ll grab it and hang on tight!

Not taking my mom on a cruiseID-100348000 (1)

Just a few short years ago my mother told me she’d always dreamed of going on a cruise with her kids. It was the #1 thing on her Bucketlist. We talked about it, but never set a date; never make a real plan to make it happen.

Six months later she got extremely sick requiring a liver transplant. For two years after the transplant she had varying degrees of health, but never got back to her normal self. Never again was she healthy enough to travel.

In March 2016 she passed away due to liver complications. She told me just weeks before passing how sad she was that she’d never had that experience with her children. I regret not taking her on that trip.

So, Now What?

One of my Lifetime Bucketlist items is to go on a cruise my wife and children. We’ve decided not to delay. In a few weeks my wife and I will take our children on their first cruise.

While we can’t change the past, we can change the future… starting by what we do in the present.

– Doug

 

Photo creds: Photo by Suwit Ritjaroon, Photo by Salvatore Vuono, KEKO64