Day 5 – I am visualizing the view from the top.

Day 5 – I am visualizing the view from the top.

I am visualizing my success. What is it going to look like when I get there? What does the view from the top see? From down here, we see the mountain, we see the trail, and we could see more of the forest if those darn trees were not in the way… and that is about all right now. (We can’t see the way home now either – that’s a good thing.)

This is the exciting part. Two points –

One – What it looks like when we get to the top is what we want it to be. We can design that, visualize it, own it. But, my vision and my possibilities will increase as I grow. So, what I think it will look like now, will be infinitely greater when I get there…

Two – Everything that is in front of me, is exactly what I need to overcome to achieve my success. I can’t visualize the obstacle, but by owning the vision at the top… I will find a way to overcome.

Hold your vision, hold your passion, and be willing to add amazing things to your dream as you grow… I am visualizing the view from the top.

Marshall Townsend II

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Day 4 – I am Leaving the Campfire Behind

Day 4 – I am leaving the campfire behind

One of the things we love to do when we set up basecamp is we build a campfire. I talked about stepping off the trail and setting up a basecamp yesterday. This creates, what appears to be, a safe zone; a place to hang out. Before long, other travelers come up the trail. They ask me, “what am I doing?” I tell them, “I am on an adventure of a life time.” I point out the mountain and I can tell them all about how to get there. Most of them thank me and head on up the mountain. I return to my campfire and relax. I helped someone today – I pointed them the way – job well done.

Other times they ask about the campfire and my basecamp. “Can I join you?” Of course, I answer. Before long, I have a gathering at my basecamp. The circle around the campfire grows and we become very comfortable in our sitting. It seems, I am now the leader of the campfire gang.

We know everything worthwhile is uphill and I want to be around ‘uphill people.’ I dream of climbing uphill. I find myself, however, around campfire people. I find myself sitting in my comfort zone and not growing. But, they’re my people… I feel responsible for them as they asked to join my campfire and I am their leader. How can I abandon them? The truth is, you can’t lead a campfire, you can only manage a campfire.

If I try and leave, they get upset and hold on to me. How dare I leave. Am I too good for them now? They complain that the only reason they are at the campfire is because I am at the campfire. It’s my fault, not theirs. When I ask them to come with me, they insist that it is cold and dark away from the campfire. It’s dangerous over the hill – Lions, Tigers, and Bears – oh my… They prefer to stay where they are – and thy prefer that I stay with them.

I did this for 18 years in my last job. I sent thousands and thousands of soldiers up a mountain that I had climbed years before. I was a trusted guide. But, I could not go up the mountain with them, so I returned to my campfire and my team and waited to show the next group the path.

I needed a new mountain, my own mountain. So, three years ago the job ended, I left the campfire and started wondering in the forest looking for my mountain. I found it with JMT but I also found another campfire here at home and, before long, I had another team of campfire people looking up to me.

But, it is time. I must leave my campfire friends behind. I must go in search of ‘uphill’ friends to share the trail with. This is hard. To turn away from up-turned faces and out reached-hands that do not want to help or be helped; they simply want to hold on. My final words. “I am leaving the Campfire behind – come with me…”

Marshall Townsend II

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Day 3 – I am going where I can’t see the way home…

Day 3 – I am going where I can’t see the way home… 

That is a very strange title for today. Let me tell you about my journey…
When we get ready to go on any big adventure in life, we pack up the car and drive to the Trailhead at the base of the mountain. We load up with our backpack, best hiking shoes, our walking stick and start out. John Maxwell says, “Everything worthwhile is uphill.” And we love uphill climbing. We feel the burn as we begin this journey.
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But, every journey is not ‘all uphill’. Sometimes, there are ‘dips’ in the trail. (See Seth Godin’s book, ‘The Dip’) When we approach the first dip, it is a critical point in our journey. You see, from the top of the first rise, we can see the mountain top; beautiful and majestic. We can also still see the car at the trailhead. That car is our way home. It is our safety net, our escape vehicle, our way out. If we take another step, we lose site of the top of the mountain and we will lose site of the way home. A great dilemma.
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You know what, this might be a great place to step off the trail and set up a base camp. You earned it. You are tired, you walked up hill. You are outdoors, and you can tell everybody you are on the adventure of a life time… you’re just taking a break where it is comfortable; safe. A warm fire, a comfortable sleeping bag and maybe some smores to eat. (We did bring the stuff to make smores – right?)
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So, here I am; safe in my basecamp, safe in my comfort zone. The best of both worlds. I can see my dream and I can see my way home.
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Except, I am running out of supplies. I am at a point where I am no longer comfortable in basecamp. No more wood, food, and that sleeping bag… It’s not that comfortable anymore. I need to go, it’s not safe to be sitting still. I need to move – abandon basecamp. I am going over the hill, I am going where I cannot see the way home. Into the dip…
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Day 2 – I am walking new paths.

Day 2 – I am walking new paths.

The paths we take in life lead us to some wonderful and exciting location. Sometimes you must blaze a path and other times the path is laid out in front of you – complete with hand rails and rubber matting. When I look at the Empowerment Mentoring program, The John Maxwell Team’s Mastermind program, The John Maxwell Team’s Leadership Game, and Paul Martinelli’s workshop on Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich … I see a path that is well built and set in the right direction to success. The image in this picture is of the boardwalk along the Russian River in Alaska. It leads to one of the premier fishing spots in the world. It is am amazing place and the trail was built to maintain the river from the thousands of people that visit it each year. The trail takes you right to where you want to go – sometimes growth is a lot easier when you have a vision of what you want, a path to take you there, a coach to help you stay the course, and a good mentor who shares their experiences with you. You do not have to go alone… and you do not have to be afraid to walk new paths…

Marshall Townsend II

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New Beginnings –

Day 1 – I am beginning a new…

Our challenge upon returning from Turning Point Seminar was to dig deep and assess who we are from the inside out. John Maxwell, says that, “you must know yourself to grow yourself.” Our challenge was to state an ‘I Am’ every day, for 90-days. It was a wonderful journey of discovery. However, I was not being intentional as the days went along. I started building my posts on Sunday for the whole week. I thought that would make it easier. But, easier was not the mission. The mission was to make a discipline of thinking and writing every day; not creating mass productions. I stopped at day 44. But, I refused to ‘start over.’

I hate the words ‘starting over’ – when you are climbing a mountain and you get sidetracked on a path that does not lead to the top, you don’t stop and go back to the bottom of the mountain. You may backtrack some, but you don’t go all the way back. You learned a lot getting to this point on the mountain, do not surrender it. In most cases, you just change directions from where you are and keep climbing. Make a new path, start your own trail, make a new beginning from where you are. It’s your journey, no need to follow everyone else’s path – be a trail-blazer.

On this journey of 90-days, I am not starting over, I am not going back. My trailhead starts from where I am at – right now!

I am beginning a new…

Added note:

I love the John Maxwell’s, ‘Minute with Maxwell’, that I linked to below. There is always anticipation to changing directions, to becoming a trail-blazer, to exploring where you have not gone. That is what makes it exciting.  Here is John Maxwell’s – Minute with Maxwell – Beginnings

‘All’s well that ends well’ – I prefer – ‘All’s well that starts well!’ Thanks John.

Now off to the races!!! I am Beginning a new…

Marshall