I’m not going to lie. The truth is while hiking up one part of the trail to the top of Doe Mountain, I was really scared. Like cuss out loud scared.
The trail is actually a relatively easy swithback up 400ft…but, one part of the trail is VERY narrow, and VERY close to the edge.
For me going up this part of the trail was scary, AND I was also thinking “How the F$ck am I going to get down?!!”
As you can see by the photo above, the climb was worth it. The views were spectacular, and the feeling of accomplishment was pretty good too. I learned some things about being on the edge that I think will help me in my work and in my life, and perhaps in your life and your work. Written below are the messages I got from the edge as I hiked up AND DOWN Doe Mountain with my loving/calm husband.
FIVE lessons from the edge.
1. When you are at your edge.. *stop go no further because you are afraid. Of course then you go no further, and you have no other options. You may no longer feel afraid, but you also won’t get to experience what’s up ahead either.
2. When you are at your edge.. *focus on the next small step just in front of you, and even though you are afraid, just keep heading forward. One step at a time. Ignore the fear, and give your self small attainable tasks.
3. When you are at your edge..*ask for help, don’t go it alone. Ask a trusted colleague, friend, or family member to go with you. You know the person who will nudge you along, or hold your hand, or tell you not to worry, or feel the fear with you but not give up, or has some knowledge about that edge and can coach you through it…ask that person to travel the edge with you.
4. When you are at your edge..*hold nothing back. Cuss. Cry. Yell. Feel whatever is present for you at that edge.. Express it. When you hold nothing back the energy and the momentum will move you through to the next opportunity, rather than immobilize you.
5. When you are at your edge.. *try to quiet your mind, breathe and simply be at the edge. It’s when we make up all kinds of crazy things about the edge that the edge becomes scarier than it actually is. I mean really, it’s just an edge.