Really, Stop and Smell the Tundra

We hear it all the time…it’s about the journey, not the destination. And so many people forget this adage and continue running to their so-called destination without ever really taking a moment. Recently, I was hiking with my husband while on vacation in Vail, and we spent three of our days hiking around the hills and mountains in the area. I have spent much of my life hiking and in the wilderness, but this time I started to think of it differently—in respect to business.

In starting my own business, I am definitely on a JOURNEY, albeit not a slow one. It’s rather been like someone lit me on fire and I’m running as fast as I can. My FABULOUS business coach/mentor/strategist (who is BRILLIANT) keeps telling me to take a breath—that it’s okay to slow down. My problem is that I’m so dang excited and LIT UP my mind keeps reeling, so I’m having a hard time taking it all in and stopping every now and then.

What does all this have to do with hiking, though, you ask? Well, here you go. I am a very efficient hiker who definitely likes to get to her destination. However, I also LOVE to look around at the scenery every so often. I want to look at the flowers, the mountains, the view, where I’ve ascended from, and, yes, what’s up ahead. Sometimes, I need to stop to BREATHE or just to take a breath—to smell the tundra, so to speak. How much would I miss if I just put my head down, looked at the trail directly in front of me, and forged onward and upward? The journey up a mountain trail holds so much not to be missed! You must stop and look around at the big picture, or what’s the point?

Ah, the point! Here it is. Think about your business in the same way. There is so much to relish! I have, in the last few months, created a logo, launched a website, networked like there’s no tomorrow, and created and taken ownership of MY BRAND! How exciting! There is so much ahead, so much to do…but it’s time to BREATHE for just a moment, to catch my breath. Take the time to be grateful for how far I’ve come and what I’ve accomplished so far and even take a peek (peak??) at what’s ahead. The view so far TAKES MY BREATH AWAY if you want to know the truth. But if I don’t take stock and truly smell the tundra, how can I fully appreciate what I’ve done and what’s to come?

Out of my experience, I share with you: every now and then….look around. Smell the tundra. Take a breath! The view is amazing.

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  • Posted December 16, 2015

    Michelle Farkas

    This story you’ve shared is so meaningful to me. I’m a lot like you…driven, focused, and determined to finish…that sometimes I lose the joy of what I’m experiencing along the way. I, too, am a hiker and there have been a few times where I just wanted to get to the top of the trail that I’ve totally missed the breathtaking views because I didn’t want to take the time to stop and look. Thank you for sharing.

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