What stops you from getting what it is that you really want? Hopefully, the answer for you is nothing.

If you have an answer, I’d like you to consider this.

I recently came across an article on three war veterans who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. What was impressive is that there was only one good leg among the three of them. Yes. All three were amputees. Two of them had no legs at all!

Their purpose, according to the article, was to show other people with disabilities that their disability doesn’t mean they can’t be active. While I certainly feel they accomplished that objective, they did a lot more as well.

Think about it for your life or those around you. So often, we say, “I wish I could…” or “If only I didn’t have X, then everything would work out.” We truly have no excuses. The only thing that holds us back is ourselves, our beliefs about what is possible.

Let’s break down what they did, they identified their goal, they established their motivation, they prepared and then ultimately they committed and took action. According to one of the veterans, “It was evidence that with the right planning and right preparation and right execution anything can be done.”

I can only imagine what type of physical challenges they endured in that climb. But they persevered. And I’m sure they would be the first to say, that if you’re not getting what you want in life or in business, there are no excuses. It is totally up to you to make it happen.

Think about what is holding you back. 

Anytime you hear yourself say, “I can’t because”, understand that everything that follows the because is B.S. (belief systems).

Follow their lead, figure out what you want, why you want it, and take action until it is done. Go for it.


John Ryan

Host of Key Conversations for Leaders Podcast, Executive Coach, Consultant, and Trainer

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