What kept him going up the long, slow grinding hike to the top of Kilimanjaro?
Knowing that he had promised 200 backers and friends to lay silver crosses at the top of the mountain representing their loved ones. Lesson: Having a higher purpose can get you through when your original commitment starts to slip.
The last the hours up the mountain, in the cold dark, were agony. One slow step at a time, move your left leg, move your right leg, do it again, step by step. Lesson: Positive self-talk can help you surpass the greatest challenges.
Nearing the top of Kilimanjaro, says Palmer, “We were two miles above the clouds.” Seeing how high he had already climbed helped inspire him to reach the top. “As an entrepreneur,” says Palmer, “it’s always good to look back and see how far you've come.”
He recommended this mantra when you feel discouraged in your business: “I'm not where I want to be, but I sure am farther along than I used to be.”
After Palmer summited, one of the guides told him he always knew Palmer would make it. “I could tell by your attitude,” he said. “The people who make it to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro are not the strongest people, but the ones with the best attitude.”
If you have a mission in life, says Harper, and you want to commit yourself to its success, tell other people. “You want to commit yourself: Tell 500 people you're going to climb Mt Kilimanjaro - that’s a mission.”
“It’s not a mission if you keep it to yourself. That’s only a wish.”