A Little about Mountains…
Believe it or not you are on the top of a mountain right now. It is the mountain you climbed this year.
What I would encourage everyone to do from the Goat Track family for 2014 is to take a moment right now and to ask themselves “What is it that I can do now, that I couldn’t do a year ago? What have I done this year that I have never done before? What could I now do easily that would have previously proved difficult?What are the mistakes made that I no longer need to repeat? What are the successes that you are experiencing for the first time?
When we’re in the moment or we’re just looking at the next big challenge we can begin to feel small and insignificant – like we aren’t very good or at least not “good enough” whatever that means.
When we look backwards we can see how far we’ve come.It is a great paradox that all of our confidence comes from looking in the rearview mirror not out to the horizon. Any mountain is daunting when we are standing at its base and we often don’t know if it is scalable before we try. We don’t know if we’re up to the task. We’re often nervous. Our confidence only comes when we realise it was possible. And we only truly understand what is possible by having done it. At the top of the mountain, we can see that we were up to the task, that we are growing and that we could do it again. We feel confident. We need to celebrate that. And that gives us the confidence to take on a bigger mountain – generally one that is again making us feel at least a little nervous. And through this process we become bigger.We grow.
As Edmund Hilary said of mountains “ It is not the mountain that we conquer but ourselves.”
In 2015, I am sure you all have new mountains to climb. And I’m confident you will climb them [If you don’t, you will at the very least discover a new way to not do something. And that is growth as well. ] The end of the year is often a time for setting new goals. In this process please take the time to celebrate your own achievements, and you have all had them.
Look in the rear view mirror and take in the journey so far. You’ve done some amazing things.
In closing I want to say to all of the kids who are working with us every week – all of you achieve big things – some of you come in and are crying in fear at the start of a term and are performing solo in front of a group of 30 people at the end of a term, some of you have gone from having little squeaky voices to owning a space, some of you have performed in front of an audience for the first time.In doing this you have stood up and done something that millions of people around the world are too afraid to do right now. To stand up in front of an audience and say I’m important enough to listen to. Don’t take that for granted. It is the number one fear of human beings around the globe. Three out of four people worldwide suffer from fear of public speaking. That’s a whopping 5 billion plus people who are climbing the mountain you are atop or in the process of getting on top of. So don’t take it for granted. You guys are climbing all sorts of mountains. There’s a range of achievements that range from taking turns and being responsible to a group – something many adults still don’t have a grasp of – to winning national competitions in drama and creativity and speaking. Some of you have even gone into your school to share your learnings at your local primary and high schools with other kids in your schools. You all constantly amaze and inspire me and when I see you scaling these amazing heights in relatively short periods of time you remind me that I too can expect extra things from myself.So I’d like to finish by saying thank you for inspiring me. Let’s continue to inspire each other in 2015.