As someone who has written about goal achievement for many years, I love anniversaries of notable events. 2013 has some great ones, but May 29th’s is a doozie..!
Most of these achievements open the floodgates, being followed and improved on by others, and ending up as taken for granted. Two things we take absolutely take for granted today are mobile phones and the internet.
Lots of people have grown up unable to imagine a world without them, but it wasn’t like that when *I* grew up, let me tell you!
20 years ago, the world wide web was put into the public domain, meaning the whole world would have the same access.
40 years ago, the first mobile phone call was made, on something the size of a house brick.
60 years ago would be a good time to have another anniversary, and history has not disappointed. Whereas the mobile and the world wide web are examples of pushing technology and the inventiveness of the mind, the anniversary from 60 years ago on May 29th is one of pushing the human body, testing our limits against what nature has to offer…
As goal achievements go, climbing Everest is at the pinnacle – literally. It’s the highest mountain on the planet, there can be no higher climb. We take the mobile and the web for granted, but we also tend to take for granted that climbing Everest is simply a case of getting trained, spending the money, and away you go.
It’s not quite as simple as that of course, and in fact only around 3 to 4 thousand people have made it, and many have died trying.
So, on May 29th 1953, when Edmund Hillary along with his Sherpa Tensing Norgay made the summit, they made a permanent mark on history – they were the first.
They only spent 15 minutes up there, because they were low on oxygen, but as human adventure and exploration go, what a 15 minutes!
I was joking that it inspired me – inspired me to get some tea and chocolate and confirm to myself that climbing Everest is *not* on my to-do list thanks very much!
It may not be on your list either, but that’s not the point. The point is that whether you are aiming to follow in the footsteps of others, or whether you are aiming to blaze a trail in your field, the 60th anniversary of getting to the top of Everest is worth taking some time to consider.
What is your goal? What do you need to do to take you the next step closer to it? Think of Hillary and Norgay 60 years ago, and commit to taking that next step!
Let me know what you think, I love the feedback.
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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