How many times have you started something, or gone after something, but ended up failing because you tried to expand on a foundation that could have been and should have been….but in the end was not strong enough to support the next level?
Recently, I read about a young climber who died while climbing a mountain.
A young, talented climber who had achieved many great heights, but had a reputation of rushing his “anchors” (the part which a climber uses to secure their rope, so in case they fall .. he/she will be saved from falling).
Apparently, many times in this person’s career … he managed to climb to the top of his goal with weak, non secure anchors in place.
“He wanted to get to the top as fast as possible…”
But this time, his weak foundation of anchors failed him, and he fell to his death.
We can all relate this this theme – expanding our tower, or climbing higher without the foundation firmed and solid — and not ready for the next step or the next floor to be added.
And/or losing interest in something because getting to the next level takes more time than we expected it would.
How many great ideas and/or great companies are lost because management tried to expand them and climb higher than they were ready?
Maybe several years ago … rushing and pushing as quickly as possible worked because of the liquidity in the markets, and easy access to money … but many people fell down the proverbial mountain because of rushing, and constant pushing on a weak foundation.
Now more than ever, the foundation must be rock solid before the next floor can be added.
How many goals are not achieved because we go too quickly, essentially rushing to achieve, and try and build upon a foundation that is not ready for the next step?
Instead of getting frustrated at your lack of results today – focus on your foundation, and ensure you are ready for the next step.