What’s Your Mountain?

Imagine that a group of students are trying to climb a mountain together. What’s the most important thing they need to get to the top? Is it equipment? Or training? Or teamwork? Or favourable weather conditions?

Well, they need all of these for sure. But the most important thing is the mountain itself. They need a clear goal!

Too often, people get obsessed with the equipment and the training but have no clear goals. The best mountain climbing equipment is of little use if you don’t have a mountain to climb.

We are all very fortunate. We have the most fabulous equipment there is. We have access to training. And there are teachers out there, waiting to help us succeed. But we need to have our own mountains. Our own goals.

And once you have your own mountain to climb, everything changes. Magically. You get a sense of purpose. You begin to want to climb that peak. You become disciplined. You get up early, you brave the cold, you watch your diet, you seek out experts, you read the books, you go through the tests . . . All because you now have a mountain to climb. A peak to conquer.

So find your own mountain. Set your own goals first.

Way back in 1963, some behavioural scientists performed an experiment with the graduating class of Harvard Business School. They asked the students if they had written down goals for themselves. Their goals for life. For the future. On paper.

A mere 3 per cent of the class had actually written down goals. Yes. Just 3 per cent.

Well, twenty-five years later, the scientists again got in touch with the class of ’63. To find out how they had done in their careers. And in their lives.

And guess what?

They found that the net worth of the 3 per cent of the class that had written down goals was MORE than the net worth of the rest of that batch. Not just that; the 3 per cent written-down-goalwallahs seemed to be happier, doing what they wanted and leading far more fulfilling lives.

Incredible. But, I believe, it’s true. And it could be true for all of us.

What’s your mountain? I mean what are your goals? What do you want to achieve? What do you want to be, have, do? In life. At work. In relationships. Whatever it be, write it down. Now. Just write it down. Not later, not tomorrow-now!

And commit yourself to action. Commit yourself to doing what it takes to achieve your goals. Take action. Make sure that everything you do is taking you closer to your goals.

And finally, take a step today. Come one, make a beginning. You owe it yourself. You will see the difference.


About John Parankimalil

John Parankimalil, SDB, M.A. (English), M.Ed, Ph.D (Education), popularly known as P.D. Johny is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is presently the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He received the 1st Computer Literacy Excellence Award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India in August 2002 and the Guruvar Best Teacher Award from Shri Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister in 2009. He was formerly Principal of St Anthony's Higher Secondary School, Shillong and National President of All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS), New Delhi and the Charter President of Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong. He has authored several books. He is an Eduationist, Story-Teller and Leadership Trainer. He conducts seminars for Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents. His popular books include, He Can Who Thinks He Can (Macmillan), An Elocution Manual (Orient Longman), Progressive Parenting (Unicorn), Inspirational Stories for Purposeful Living (Babhani) The Way to Success and Happiness (Savio), How to Win Over Your Problems (Babhani), The Secrets of High Achievers (Babhani).
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