We all have our mountains to
climb – just ask Lisa Thompson, the second American woman to climb Pakistan’s
wildly dangerous K2 Mountain. At 8,611 meters above sea level, the
summit is one of the world’s most difficult to climb. In fact, it’s estimated that one in four people who attempt the climb do not survive.
Thompson faces hurdles at low altitudes, too. Between everyday challenges and unexpected hurdles, modern life can be stressful. That’s why Lisa, a breast-cancer survivor, dedicated dog mom and former biomedical engineer is sharing her top tips for reaching new heights and conquering life’s obstacles.
- Create a plan and prioritize goals. Setting and prioritizing goals will help you better navigate through busy, everyday life. Keep two lists on the fridge to break up short and long-term goals. The action items on these lists can range anywhere from “buy new sneakers” to “inspire my sister to join me on a climb this year.”
- Draw motivation from others. Align yourself with like-minded people who have already tackled the goals you’re working toward. These people empower you to jump higher, run faster and do more.
- Let go of the history that is holding you back. You’ll never propel forward if you’re stuck in the past. Staying present-minded is key. Try using a meditation app to stay on track. Some apps that work well include Headspace, Calm, or Mindfulness Daily, which are all available on iTunes.
- Have fun in the process. Be kind to yourself, take breaks and find the humour in those moments of unbearable frustration. You’ll have fonder memories if you do.
- Prioritize physical health. Both mind and body are important when it comes to achieving new feats. You can’t reach new heights when your body feels crummy. I’m a long-term sufferer of dry eye, which can affect my vision. To ensure my senses remain at 100 per cent, I count on Systane Complete lubricant eye drops, the first all-in-one drop for all types of dry eye. The solution keeps eyes hydrated and protected, so I can focus on the things that matter most. Being able to see clearly is paramount to my success, for not only big expeditions like K2, but also the day-to-day mountains we all have to overcome.”
SOURCE: News Canada