Mountain Exercise: Why Am I Climbing the Mountain?
Mountain Exercise: Why Am I Climbing the Mountain?

This exercise comes almost directly from A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger (link to Amazon.co.uk). Whilst I could certainly have used it when I co-founded a start-up, this exercise is equally applicable to any endeavour that requires full-on commitment. The idea is to cast the process as a mountain climb and ask questions around that.

How Does it Work?

Ask yourself:

  • Why am I climbing the mountain?
  • How do I know I am not climbing the wrong mountain?
  • What is waiting for me at the top?
  • What am I you going to do when I get there?
  • Am I enjoying the climb itself?
  • What am I leaving behind below?

This exercise thus encourages participants in any endeavour to think deeply about their motivations and goals and to consider not only the potential prizes ahead but also the costs along the way.

Questions in the Image:

  • Why am I climbing the mountain?
  • What is waiting for me at the top?
  • What am I you going to do when I get there?
  • Am I enjoying the climb itself?
  • What am I leaving behind below?

Nurturing Curiosity – Daily Practice: This is part of the Nurturing Curiosity series of tools, insights and questions designed to help nurture curiosity as part of our daily practice. In point of fact, every interaction we have is an opportunity to question what we are observing and how we and others are seeing the world. Also remember that questions come in many forms throughout our day – tiredness at the end of the day is an opportunity to ask Where I am holding the tiredness? What type of rest do I need? What sucked my energy?

About Tom O’Leary

I coach, mentor and teach high performers to thrive by focusing on the choices we make.

In truth, our paths in life are paved by those choices. We can talk all day but to make our lot better we need to make the smartest decisions and then execute on them as best possible.

My view is that it is about slowing down to speed up. This means spending time being curious and contemplating what might be possible so that when we take action, we can bring all our energy and power to bear.

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