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I heard a story on the radio the other day. A group had come together and decided they were going to climb Mt. Everest. Well, apparently you have to meet with a psychologist before they will allow you to climb it. (I guess they want to make sure you aren't insane). Anyway, the requirement was to complete this questionnaire. One of the questions was: Will you make it to the top? Now, as you might guess there were a variety of answers. "I am gonna try" "I think I can" "I hope so" But there was one that stood out. One applicant wrote: "Yes I will". Of all the applicants that completed the questionnaire can you guess which one made it? Yep, you guessed it. The one that said "Yes I will". It's funny how a few words can define your motivation and belief in yourself. Think about it. How often do you think about trying a new venture and which phrase do you most often use during your self-talk moments?

I know what I do. I often think to myself, "well, I am sure gonna try..." hoping for the best, wanting it, not sure if I can do it, perhaps scared at the thought of something new. I tell myself if I don't commit to "yes I will" then somehow I self-protect from letting myself down when I don't make it.  But I know better. I know that I will give it my all and despite what I tell myself I will be heartbroken if I don't get to the top.

I am reminded of my endeavors on my horse and rebuilding my trust. It was scary, I was terrified. But, with the help of my great horsey girlfriends, I committed to the process and I succeeded. Now, this doesn't mean that I won't need to rebuild some of that next summer, because I will have to. But what I learned from that experience is that I, when motivated and surrounded by a great support system CAN make it to the top. I CAN do whatever I set my mind to. I realized that my drive and motivation must come from within. It is the first step to achieving success. So, today I give you a challenge. Join me in committing to something that you have been afraid to take on.

And again I ask: will YOU make it to the top?

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