“It’s not the mountain ahead that wears you out, it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” – Robert W. Service

I recently read an article about a man who attempted to climb Mt. Everest, but wasn’t prepared for the brutality of the ascension. He physically trained and knew it would be difficult, but missed the subtle, most important piece of his equation:


He didn’t accept struggle’s brute force. He didn’t accept his lung’s give-in to the burn. He didn’t accept stopping may be mandatory.

It was this lack of pre-acceptance that ultimately overtook his self confidence.

He believed having the dream and physically preparing for it would be enough. He didn’t consider the need to accept each and every possible outcome along the climb, so when difficulty hit beyond what he prepared for, he had no choice but to surrender.

The higher you climb, the thinner the air becomes. 

Design your Mt. Everest visions. Dream about them, write about them, tell your friends and family about them, but also mentally prepare and accept for the thin air you’ll encounter along the way.

Accept …

The higher you climb, the more haters you’ll encounter.

The higher you climb, the more self doubt and fear you’ll experience.

The higher you climb, the smaller the gap becomes between spectator and champion.

It’s going to be more difficult than you think, more frustrating than you know, and take longer than anyone will admit. Pre-accept these challenges.

Understand “I can’t do this anymore” will likely whisper in your ear. Get in the gym and grow the necessary strength you’ll need to fight it off. Pre-accept this self doubt.

If you know “long term” might just mean fifteen years, you won’t quit after ten. Pre-accept the time it’ll take.

“Mo money, mo problems.” – The Notorious B.I.G.

Go huge, launch to heights 99% are too afraid to reach, and accept all challenges that come with such courage.


Until next time, be intentional and live with purpose. 


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2 thoughts on “The Higher You Climb, The Thinner The Air Becomes

  1. Morgan Harrell 10 months ago

    This is so good! Just what I needed today!

    1. Dayne Gingrich 10 months ago

      Fantastic, Morgan! Glad it resonated.

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