I did the Manitou Incline a while back. If you haven’t heard of it, the Incline is a hiking trail in Manitou Springs that goes up 2000 feet in elevation in less than one mile, and is approximately 2700 steps. It’s tough and almost a rite of passage here in Colorado Springs. We did it as the sun was setting one night after work, and, I have to be honest, it was rough. An uphill battle that I had to talk myself out of quitting several times. As my legs began to feel more and more shaky, I gave myself a set point that I needed to make it to at which point I’d turn around and take in the view, breathing in and acknowledging how far I’d already come. Then I’d take 15 more steps. It took me a little over an hour to do it but I made it to the top, and man, that view was worth every step.
As I go through life’s ebbs and flows right now, I realize how much life is like doing the Incline. Sometimes working towards our goals seems like an uphill battle. If you take the time though to acknowledge how far you’ve come (and trust me, you’re kicking ass!), breathe, enjoy the view where you are right now (because there is always beauty in the present moment, you just have to notice it), and then take a few more steps towards your goal, you WILL reach the top. I promise you, it’s worth every step.
What are some of your goals that you’re working towards right now?