SSG Charles Williams
Success is Not an Elevator. Get Used to Taking the Stairs.
Originally I wanted to do a fitness tip about the health benefits of taking the stairs instead of the elevator. As I searched the web I came across this article written by a life coach W.T. Hamilton. This article really grabbed my attention and even when I realized it wasn’t what I was looking for I couldn’t stop reading. This article uses taking the stairs instead of the elevator as a metaphor to explain the journey and determination successful people take to accomplish their goals.
Mr. Hamilton really made me analyze certain parts in my life that I might be just trying to take the easy route (elevator) and hoping I will be successful instead of putting in the hard work (stairs) that is necessary to become successful. My experience working with Soldiers who have a long journey to passing the APFT is that they have been standing at the bottom of the stairs for a long time. Most of the time they know what needs to be done to get to the top because they have done it at least once in boot camp but haven’t had the inner drive to start the climb. As their Personal Trainer/Health Coach I am able to get them to take the first couple of steps pretty easy and sometimes keep a good climbing pace, but the real challenge comes when they stumble for the first time or even fall back a couple of steps. Some Soldiers never recovery from a stumble, others will dust themselves off and start right back to climbing.
If you are of those people that struggle to continue your journey after there has been a stumble or even a big fall, next time think about it as a staircase. In a staircase you are only going to fall a couple of steps instead of telling yourself you are at the bottom again, hopefully that will help you get back on track.
Check out this article for more information.