It took a hundred years
for the first recorded climb
After being discovered in 1856 by a Bengali gentleman by the name of Radnath Sikardar, Mount Everest was first summited in the year 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norway. The summit came at a price. For almost A hundred years several climbers had tried to scale the mountain. Many a lives have been lost in its pursuit, the most notable being of George Mallory who became immortal with his quote “Because it is there” when questioned repeatedly by a pesky reporter on why climb Everest.
Till everyone started doing it
Today the peak is summited almost seven hundred times in a year. It is synonymous with achievement as people with several disabilities have worked hard to climb the peak. This includes the likes of Mark Inglis (No legs), Arunima Sinha (one arm) and a blind climber by the name of Erik Weihenmayer.
When George Mallory attempted to climb the mountain in 1924, the mountain was a was vast expanse of ice, rocks and snow like the image above. There were no maps, no knowledge on what to expect and how the body would behave at the altitude. Icy winds would have howled over the cold face in an unpredictable manner. Deep crevices were unmarked. It is no wonder that most of the expeditions failed, some fatally so. Climbers kept making brave attempts at the summit. In the absence of knowledge and equipment most of these were futile attempts.
When a modern climber looks at it, the view of the mountain is as below.
Guides and experts have established camps along the route to summit. The lines are laid down to prevent straying into inhospitable territory. There are ladders laid over the tricky part of the climb. This makes the summit a relatively easier climb as compared to what the early climbers had to face. The climb still remains as difficult and challenging, however a certain degree of complexity has been removed from the equation.
This is what a life coach can do for you.
Each of us is faced with a personal Everest. This may be to become a CEO in half the time it takes. An Everest for a person may be to start a new business or scale an existing one. Several people have an Everest to climb in their personal relationships. How do I make a marriage survive, how do I fall in or out of love. An Everest for yet a few others may be in their own battle with self as they work to discover their purpose, forgive self or wage another battle within.
A coach is a person like you who has walked the journey and now committed to making the journey easy for others as well. Like a lead mountaineer, a coach can helps lay the milestones. He puts lines to guide through the journey. He pulls you out during the tricky parts. He ensures that you climb the climb.
Climbing your Everest is not easy. It is marked by pitfalls, avalanches, crevices, jet winds and an extremely inhospitable environment. Making this journey alone is like climbing Everest the George Mallory or Edmund Hillary way. There are no lines to guide, no camps to stop at and no guidance on what to expect. You may succeed and you may not, it is an open question. This is where a life coach comes in. A life coach will work with you to prepare you for the journey, define milestones and help you stay the course. He will help you know what to expect next and therefore be prepared for it. A life coach is the wind beneath your wings when you are ready.
And while it is still a difficult and perilous journey to your Everest, having a coach by your side helps make it a little more predictable.
Go on, permit yourself a coach, climb your Everest.
The Mountain, Ed Viesturs, Simon & Schuster Inc 2013