The Path to Success

by Lance Ekum on · 82 comments

“Suc­cess means doing the best we can with what we have. Suc­cess is the doing, not the get­ting; in the try­ing, not the tri­umph. Suc­cess is a per­sonal stan­dard, reach­ing for the high­est that is in us, becom­ing all that we can be.” ~ Zig Ziglar

It’s a warm Sun­day after­noon.  The breeze by the lake quickly dis­ap­pears as we wan­der into the for­est.  Under the canopy of trees, it’s cool though.  With a bounce in our step, we begin our ascent toward the most pic­turesque view in the park. 

{…the easy moments on our path toward success…}

Some rocks to climb on, a large hawk fly­ing over­head, a few other fel­low journeyer’s on this hike.

The Climb

A turn and we are mov­ing upward.  The for­est begins to give way to a steep upward climb — a climb high­lighted by large boul­ders and open skies.  A nar­row path leads upward, large stone steps.  We curve back and forth, slowly get­ting higher and higher.

{…the suc­cess jour­ney often has moments where it becomes an uphill climb…}

We pause, replen­ish our bod­ies with water.  We pause, and reflect back down to where we have come.  We pause, and take in that moment — see­ing where we have reached to.  A look for­ward, and we see con­tin­ued steps, no end in sight.

{…when we stop on our suc­cess jour­ney, we give our­selves time to reflect and re-focus…}

The climb con­tin­ues.  We are hot, our legs not want­ing to take that next step.  We con­tinue on.  It’s easy to think about what the view will look like once we’ve reached the top.  What about each step along the way, though?  We notice the trees grow­ing out of the rocks.  We notice a chip­munk near another tree.  We see that hawk again, this time much closer.  We see the rocks — all these rocks.…

{…suc­cess is in the whole jour­ney, not just some per­ceived peak…}

We reach the top.  Sur­rounded now by foliage, and no majes­tic view in sight — there is still this sense of joy, of accom­plish­ment, of bliss.  Even though we fully expect that our jour­ney (on this path) is not reached, we still savor the accom­plish­ment of the climb we have made.  A glance back, at these steps we’ve just climbed…a smile…a know­ing that we have per­se­vered, a know­ing that we did not back down from the chal­lenge of this climb.

{…take time to savor the path you have trav­eled, and the steps you have taken to get where you are…}

The Sum­mit

We con­tinue on, the path now much eas­ier.  Soon we reach a gor­geous rocky over­look.  For many min­utes, we just explore the area…climbing, sit­ting, walk­ing.  Oth­ers are here also — a stop­ping place to take in the amaz­ing views. 

{…soak in the suc­cess that you have created…}

The Jour­ney Continues

Our jour­ney doesn’t end, though.  We can­not stay here for­ever.  We move on, work­ing our way back down a dif­fer­ent path.  Many peo­ple are com­ing up, to see that view we saw.  We offer encour­ag­ing words here and there. 

{…share your knowl­edge with oth­ers, so they may too expe­ri­ence their own success…}

We reach the trail head, our bod­ies sill warmed up from this hike.  The nearby lake is call­ing out.  It’s time to play, to splash, to have some unstruc­tured fun! 

{…take time to reju­ve­nate and have some extra fun…}

Later on that day, we again explore another trail.  This time, we take a wrong turn, and soon find our­selves in the mid­dle of the for­est, no trail in sight.  We wan­der, look­ing for the trail we had started on.  Even­tu­ally we find that trail.

{…some­times you will get off track.  That’s okay.  Take time to adjust your bear­ings.  And remem­ber, also, that these off-track adven­tures often lead to new discoveries…}

We return home, our day filled with mem­o­ries, and with all sorts of moments we’ll treasure.

{…wher­ever your jour­ney takes you, remem­ber that this is YOUR jour­ney.  Savor what you are creating…}


Note:  This story was devel­oped from actual moments spent together as a fam­ily at one of Wisconsin’s true trea­sures — Devil’s Lake State Park.  If your jour­ney ever brings you through cen­tral Wis­con­sin, a day (or longer) at this park is joy and fun all wrapped up together!

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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Jen August 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

This sounds LOVELY Lance.

So many great analogies of life in hiking, aren’t there? Especially when you reach the top and there isn’t a view! My instinct would be to be bummed out at first, but I love how you reframe that for me in my mind!

I savor hikes that can be made where there is a lake to cool off and play in at the end of your journey!

Speaking of hills, how did your race go? Would love a race report.
What a valuable and meaningful time spent with ones you love!

And thank you for sharing all your knowledge with me! You are to so many of us, a rock cairn that helps us on our life path.
THANK YOU FRIEND:)
Love,
Jen
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Lance August 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Jen,
Yes, there sure are a lot of great analogies between hiking and life!

I’m reminded of a hike we did last summer at Woodstock, NY – one where we thought we’d hike up and see forever and ever. The thing was…it just kept going up – and we finally decided to turn around and head back down (it was downhill all the way from there – that sure was good). So, we were definitely bummed about not seeing great sights. Still, though, it was a memory we’ll always hold onto – and one we still talk about today.

This past weekend’s hike was much more view-friendly!! Once we got there…it was really so scenic.

The 5K went well – it was challenging, but still my favorite race (we’ve done this particular race probably 5 times now).

Jen, thanks so much for being here – and for bringing you love and goodness into everything you do.

Big, big love…
Lance

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Melody | Deliberate Receiving August 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

What a beautiful and gentle way to explain your approach to life, Lance. I love it. One of the biggest “lessons” we can ever learn is that is really isn’t about the destination. We’ll always come up with new goals, so even if we reach them, the joy is short lived. But if we can learn to truly enjoy the journey, if we can learn to live in the now and cherish every moment, THAT’s when life becomes fun. :)

Hugs,
Melody
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Lance August 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Melody,
Right on…it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. And that’ it – once we reach some pre-determined destination…the journey just continues as our life continues to evolve. And so, when we can find that joy in the journey…life becomes so much more wonderful!

Big hugs,
Lance

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Meg August 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I never thought to compare life with a hike but I love it and I love hikes. They are so peaceful and so should life be, right? I tend to get lost on hikes a lot becasue I doubt myself, maybe this relates to my life somehow. Very cool.
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Lance August 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Hi Meg,
How’s that garden coming along (Ms. Green Thumb)??

Yes, a life filled with peace…(especially inner peace) … sounds all sorts of wonderful.

I love that comparison about getting lost – because, yes, it definitely happens (in life and on hikes). And sometimes there are great discoveries in those lost moments…

Very cool indeed!

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Tim August 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Hi Lance:

Thank you for this post. I enjoyed reading about your journey and the lessons learned along the way. They are great reminders, no matter what journey we’re on. I think, as a kid, I spent some time in that area…I’m guessing that’s not far from Wisconsin Dells, right? I remember hiking a little bit and feeling the wonder of all the rock formations. It really is a beautiful area and it’s another example of why I really like Wisconsin. Take care, my friend.
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Lance August 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Tim,
You are correct – Devil’s Lake is not far from Wisconsin Dells (which is a place my kids love…because it is now all about water parks!). The rock formations in that whole part of the state are very cool.

Thanks Tim – it’s great having you here!

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sam @ goa carnival August 10, 2011 at 1:17 am

It’s very difficult to achieve path of success in today’s era because now adays competition is going on very large scale in any field.
so we should try our level best in life for prove himself in any field which we are passionate about and i think honesty is the best policy to achieve any thing in life.
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Lance August 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Sam,
I like to look at success coming first from an internal barometer. And when we start there, success really doesn’t have to be defined by what the world around us says – it’s defined by what matters to us.

Thanks for the thoughts.

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Evelyn Lim August 10, 2011 at 2:07 am

I enjoyed how you turned an account of a hike to sharing some meaningful life lessons. I especially like the part where you share your knowledge with others, so that they can reach success too. Many of us are afraid of revealing our secret formulas. We fear that others overtake us. We forget that we also gain with the sharing. The more we teach and share with others, the more we assimilate the accompanying lessons.
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Lance August 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Evelyn,
Thank you so much for saying all of this – it means so much to me! And, so true – when we share – we really start to focus more on an abundance mentality instead of a scarcity mentality. And that is so, so good…

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Lynn August 10, 2011 at 7:22 am

What a lovely day you had with your family – and a tribute to you that you can see that hiking day like the journey we are all on.
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Lance August 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Lynn,
Yes, it sure was a lovely day!! So fun to hang out as a family and really “be” with each other…

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Megan Bord August 10, 2011 at 9:20 am

What a cool, cool way to link what some could view as an ordinary activity with a much grander theme. Lance, you never cease to amaze me in the myriad ways you’re able to capture and write about life.

I haven’t hiked any mountains recently, but I remember those outings just the way you described: at first it’s easy (the access paths are usually long and flat); then a slight upward climb followed by a steeper, more difficult upward climb; BREAKS; moments of bursting energy (I used to run part of the way up some mountains – both because I could, and because I like to challenge myself); moments of exhaustion and thinking “Will we EVER get there?” and then the final moments of “Ahhhh, this is what we journeyed for…”

I could liken success in much the same way you did, but I really love how you pointed out that ultimately it’s not about the end point (which is so sweet in its own ways). Life, and our success in life, is about the journey — as this wonderful web site reminds us time and again. Thank you, my friend!

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Lance August 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Megan,
This sure seemed like a mountain…except that we’re in Wisconsin, you know (grin), and what we might call a “mountain” here is just a really big hill (this one accentuated with LOTS of rocks!)!!

Reaching the end point (the amazing view) was a highlight of the hike. Still, we didn’t stay there – and that is as life is, too. We continue on…our journey leading us to new places.

And speaking of those journeys…it’s such a gift to know your friendship is with me each step of the way (thank you, dear friend…).

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Sonny - Kids' Crafts August 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

On the topic of success, here’s a quote I really like:

“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
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Lance August 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Sonny,
Love the quote, thanks so much for sharing that here!

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Audra Krell August 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I really like the stunning visuals provided with the analogy, it makes the article sing for me. I especially like the reminder about getting off track, off the path, maybe finding yourself in a not-so-well-lit place. Those places are areas of opportunity, a time when you can exercise and stretch your faith in God. While we may not welcome them at first, they can be wonderful areas full of lows and highest highs.
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Lance August 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Audra,
As I read your comment, I also reflect back on our moments “off trail” this past weekend. I know I heard a grumble or two (or three) because it didn’t seem like we were getting anywhere. And yet – we were in the shade, the walk was mostly easy, and we saw sights we would have otherwise missed. And…faith (and God) led us back…

Thanks Audra, your friendship is so meaningful…

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Jody - Fit at 53 August 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Amazing pics & thoughts that go along with the post! Rethink, refocus, new discoveries – love it!
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Lance August 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Jody,
Thanks!! Reaching the summit definitely provide for some great photographic moments (my daughter – she finds photographic moments everywhere…and they usually include her!!)

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Sandra / Always Well Within August 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Lance,

What a beautiful metaphor for the journey to success. I enjoyed each and every moment hiking along the trails of your story. And, that’s one of your brilliant keys to success!
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Lance August 12, 2011 at 5:46 am

Sandra,
Thanks so much! Recounting this story, and seeing the connections to “success”…was such a good process for me to go through….

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Cheryl Lyon/One Hour Retreats August 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I love to hike, so this story really resonated with me. And just looking at the phot0 was a two-second retreat – my shoulders dropped, my breathing slowed, and I was transported to a place of beauty. No plans to be in Wisconsin anytime soon, but I am looking forward to some time in the Adirondack Mountains. Thanks for this, Lance.
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Lance August 12, 2011 at 5:49 am

Cheryl,
Hi, and welcome to the Jungle! It’s great having you here!

Thank you for sharing about your experience from reading this. It’s the same way I felt as I was reading through this after writing it. And that was such a good feeling – being taken to that place once again…

Enjoy the Adirondacks!!

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Jean Burman August 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

A story wonderfully told Lance… and a perfect analogy for the getting of success! The lake sounded so good and I imagined what it might be like to plunge into that cool water after the heat of the journey. Wonderful word picture. Thanks Lance… I enjoyed my virtual visit to Devil’s Lake Wisconsin! [grin]
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Lance August 12, 2011 at 5:52 am

Jean,
The jump into that lake was SO refreshing!! And after that…we were ready for another little hike (over to the ice cream shop!). The views really were incredible! And – we’ve visited this park before, and never taken the trail up to this view.

Great to have you here (as always)!!

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David Stevens August 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Hi Lance,
Yes the analogies are so very true. Well said. Thank you.
be good to yourself
David
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Lance August 12, 2011 at 5:53 am

David,
Thanks – and these success analogies…they are ones I’m letting soak more fully into “me”…

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Ajen August 11, 2011 at 2:09 am

Lance, I love this post. As a believer of therapeutic recreation where one can find metaphors of life in traditional recreation activities, I say, “Yay!!!”. Thanking you for demonstrating how in each waking moment we can find the pathway to success… how we can presently exercise our mind, body and our spirit for future challenges that come our way.

Simply lovely.
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Lance August 12, 2011 at 5:55 am

Ajen,
Yay!!! (love that word!)

Thank you so, so much for what you have shared here – I’m reminded of how these words have been so good for me to re-read and let soak in…as I look at my life and how I’m choosing to live it.

Hope all is well with you – it really is great seeing you here today!

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Be @ Mindful Productivity August 11, 2011 at 3:28 am

nice post Lance…by concentrating on the journey and not the destination it’s easier for us to be in the moment. For each moment is the journey as we’re experiencing …its all we have. Love the quote at the top too :)
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Lance August 12, 2011 at 6:21 am

Thanks!!

Yes, the moments…it’s what we have…

And that quote – it’s one that was new to me as I was writing this piece, and one that also added meaning to what I was writing here.

Have a great Friday!

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Be @ Mindful Productivity August 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

you to Lance :)
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Dr. J August 11, 2011 at 7:32 am

That was a very nice story with wonderful pictures, Lance! Some of the best memories I have is of time in nature! I’ve often thought that if everyone could take some time in their week and be in the natural beauty that we can find the world would be a much better place.
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Lance August 12, 2011 at 6:23 am

Dr. J,
It sure is for me, too – nature just provides so many memories. And it doesn’t have to mean going to some exotic location – it can just be a park in your neighborhood!

Have a great weekend (and enjoy those great outdoors)!!

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Galen Pearl August 11, 2011 at 9:33 am

Like others, I completely enjoyed the story and the “lesson.” Makes me want to get out and hike, figuratively and literally!
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Lance August 12, 2011 at 6:31 am

Galen,
Happy hiking (both the figurative and the literal!!)!!

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Debbie @ Happy Maker August 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Love it Lance. “wherever your journey takes you, remember that this is YOUR journey. Savor what you are creating”
Our life is our own journey and we do need to work, relax and play. Love the way you break this down.
Blessing always,
Debbie
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Lance August 12, 2011 at 6:32 am

Debbie,
Thanks so much! Yes, this is our unique journey – for each of us. And having some work, some relaxation, and some play in there – makes for a pretty sweet life!!

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Julie Ellis August 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Hi Lance~
What a {beautiful} place, (Devil’s Lake), to spend time with your family. Like you, I too find many of {Life’s Lessons} in and through nature. Through the years I have walked many paths. I have run into detours, taken the road less traveled, and gosh…many times I have been lost. And to this day my journey continues on… I’m blessed to have you along with me my friend, sharing your insights. Thanks for sharing this particular journey of yours…I do not do well with heights and so I’m glad you walked this one and I got to see it from here…{grin!} I miss out on much because of my fear of heights, but I find enough smaller hills on the level paths to get me to the next road. Whatever path I am on, beauty is always there. If I don’t find it, it will find me! ;) Take care. Love always, Julie
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Lance August 12, 2011 at 6:36 am

Julie,
Nature is such a gift, isn’t it.

And those detours (and lost paths) in life – we just never know where they might lead. So, that really does mean that life’s journey – it’s one that each step matters, each moment counts…and it’s a beautiful journey we are on…

I have that “fear of heights” thing, too! In fact, my oldest son walked out on one particular rock, and just seeing him out there made my knees shake!

Big, big love to you, dear friend…
Lance

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Aileen | Kaizen Vision August 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm

“sometimes you will get off track. That’s okay. Take time to adjust your bearings. And remember, also, that these off-track adventures often lead to new discoveries…”

Lance you are such a ray of light, inspiration and insight!

Magnificent journeys are everywhere, aren’t they?
I love the photo’s :)
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Lance August 12, 2011 at 6:39 am

Aileen,
{hugs} thank you, sweet friend…

…and…yes…those magnificent journeys ARE everywhere. In fact, I believe we are each experiencing our very own version of a magnificent journey, as we speak. The thing is, are we realizing this….

Thank you…and much love,
Lance

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Jimmy August 12, 2011 at 4:38 am

Hi Lance,

I am new to your blog. Read your story on “SelfLoveStoryBloggers”, published by Evelyn. Wonderful to have found more success stuff online to explore and grow. Thanks for your story on perseverence and growth through a simple expedition.

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Lance August 12, 2011 at 6:40 am

Jimmy,
Great having you here – and thanks so much for reading the e-book that Evelyn compiled!

And may your journey be filled with moments that bring you meaning…

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pea August 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

It’s MY journey! It’s MY journey! Every now and then (though not recently) I get ‘sillybrain’ and start trying to take someone else’s journey. You know? Making unhelpful comparisons with my life and others and getting on the wrong track, (to continue your analogy) to mimic their journey. This point you made was good for me to see in writing.. IN MY FACE! And what a gorgeous pic at the end.
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Lance August 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Pea,
Hmmm…yep, I know what you mean! It’s easy to see someone else’s success, and think that should be our path. And maybe it is…although usually it is not. What matters…is what’s in our heart…

Love how you have stated this – about getting on the wrong track. So true…

Great to “meet” you, and welcome to the Jungle!

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J.D. Meier August 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm

You reminded me of the simple joys of the summit and the climb.
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Lance August 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Thanks JD!! The climb…and the summit…in life (or wherever) – moments of our life…and “joy” is there in all of these…

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Adrienne August 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I love analogies Lance so comparing it to hiking, very nice.

Life is one big journey after another isn’t it? Success is the same way and sometimes it does feel like you’re climbing a mountain. But I’ve always known that once I reach the top, it was all worth it. Just savor every moment and enjoy what life has to offer.

Thanks Lance, really enjoyed this post.

Adrienne
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Lance August 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Adrienne,
We’re on the same wavelength…because I love analogies too!! (as you might have guessed, just from reading this!)

Savor the moments – YES!! Because these are our moments, after all – moments that make up our life. And that just makes the top that much sweeter!

Great having you here – you are such a ray of sunshine!

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Theresa Torres August 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Hi Lance,
What a lovely story! It’s really amazing what nature can teach us. We can always find something in it that we can apply to our lives. I love the way you illustrated the similarities of hiking and the journey to success. It’s really the present moment that counts. These moments are what build memories and the detours help strengthen our characters.
Thanks for sharing your story. Have a lovely day!
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Lance August 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Theresa,
Nature is such a true teacher!

And our moments…they are what become our life. And that counts for sure!

Great to “meet” you!

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Vitaly Tennant August 12, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Lance, this is an awesome write up. Thanks for taking me on a journey via your post as a reminder that this is just a ride … and we should definitely enjoy it to the best of our ability.
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Lance August 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Vitaly,
Yes, that’s it!! Let’s enjoy our “ride” here on earth…wherever that takes us!!

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Tess The Bold Life August 13, 2011 at 6:43 am

Hi Lance,
I’ll be reminded of your analogy when I hike. It’s too hot in the desert for me now but in a few short weeks I’ll be on my way. I went twice a week to prepare myself for Seattle’s hills. I’ve been lazy ever since. Love the photos and I saw Becca’s on FB. What fun kids or should I say fun family! It so great to see how much you enjoy being a parent.
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Lance August 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Tess,
Yep….and it won’t be long and we’ll be bundling up here…while you’re out on a nice comfortable hike!!

Bekah is a picture-taking machine! (and…ummm…most of them include her in the photos!!)

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!
Lance
P.S. we’re being lazy this weekend, not doing much at all!!

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Tess The Bold Life August 14, 2011 at 7:45 am

Lance,
She’s so cuuttte! That photo taking is a girl thing at that age. Soon she’ll have enough to wall paper her room. Mine did anyway and that’s before we carried cameras 24/7 LOL
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sheila August 13, 2011 at 6:46 am

Wonderful! Truly an inspiring post! I’m over from a link from Tess at The Bold Life.
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Lance August 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Sheila,
Great to have you over here!! And Tess is a wonderful friend – her stuff is awesome, isn’t it!

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jannie funster August 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Makes me want to rush into my sneakers now and climb something too, Lance!

Actually I’m writing a new song called “When I Put On My Sneakers.” Wanna co-write it? You sure know about getting the most out of life in sneakers. Or hiking shoes.

YOU inspire, refresh and make us re-focus on what’s important, Lance!! Diligence. Patience. Persistence. Thank you.

xoxo
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Lance August 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Jannie!!!
A song about sneakers – how cool!! I’d definitely help co-write it!!

And…I was a hikin’ in sneakers, too (yep, I skipped the hiking boots)!

Good, good, GOOD to see you here today!!!

Lots of x’s and lots of o’s!!!

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Christy August 15, 2011 at 12:37 am

I love hiking and I love your post too! Hiking may be tough and tiring but worth it! Just like in life, the lessons we come to learn are worth all the trials and pain.

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Lance August 15, 2011 at 8:56 am

Hi Christy,
Great to “meet” you!!

Thanks! Yes, lots of lessons for us when we go through the challenges that hiking (and life) present!

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Christy August 19, 2011 at 12:39 am

Great to read your posts too!

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Justin | Mazzastick August 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Hi Lance,
It’s all about the journey and not the final destination. That picture of the lake is beautiful. :)
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Lance August 16, 2011 at 6:23 am

Justin,
Thanks – reaching the top of this climb, the view was spectacular!! …and then our journey continued (just as in life…).

Thanks for being here!

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Shivam Garg August 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Hi,
This is really beautiful, inspiring and motivating article. This is really helpful for the demotivated people around. Well thanks for posting.
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Lance August 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

Shivam,
Thanks! Yes, I hope these words reach out and help in some way.

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Andrew Walker August 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm

hi there,
thanks for sharing this. It’s a very nice and motivating article. The path to success is never an easy one, I agree with you there.
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Lance August 16, 2011 at 6:25 am

Andrew,
…that path to success…we really don’t know what it will look like, and we just have to get out there…

Thanks for being here!

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rob white August 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

Perfect analogy Lance. Our lives are a zig zag journey. This is the way of reality. Anxious cravings to get back on track are wasted energy. We are always on track when we are aware of our own unique journey. When we learn to have a cheerful receptivity toward “off-track adventures” there is a valuable lesson and experience to be had.
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Lance August 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Rob,
I love that word –> awarenesss. Yes, when we’re aware of our journey (whatever that looks like), we are always on track (even when the rest of the world might think we’re off track).

Here’s to getting off-track…so that we can really be on-track!

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills August 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Hey Lance, felt like I was hiking right beside you – well told my friend. So, we see that the path to success is really a hike rather than leisurely stroll. No wonder I enjoy it so much!
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Lance August 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Jonathan,
I know you love getting out in nature – it’s truly a gift to experience this place called earth!

Here’s to many great hikes in this thing called life…

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Sam August 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

hey Lance i like the words that you given us i couldn’t imagine this post is big help and giving ideas in finishing my work,than you so much. this is the way of reality. Anxious cravings to get back on track are wasted energy.better to work hard and give your energy which know know the result is good.
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Betsy at Zen Mama August 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Beautiful pictures Lance and great metaphors! I spent a lot of time in Wisconsin as a child and have so many wonderful memories. I do a lot of hiking here in Colorado and always come away with great inspiration. Love your latest post!!!
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Lance Ekum September 5, 2011 at 6:13 am

Betsy,
Colorado sure has some great hiking too – I was there last fall, and had the wonderful opportunity to explore some of the trails in the Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Walter September 4, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Many people does not understand the true nature of success and I’m glad you have eloquently stated it here. I have had my share of success but what give me the most satisfaction are the struggles that I have in reaching such success. :-)

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Lance Ekum September 5, 2011 at 6:14 am

Walter,
Those struggles along the way – as much as they might seem painful at the time – really can be such a catalyst for new growth…especially if we’re open to seeing these moments as stepping stones along the path to success.

Thanks Walter!

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