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What is your narrow road?

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Four years ago, my family and I moved to Colorado, and it has been one of the best decisions we have ever made. Every year, we rent a condo in a town called Granby, near the Continental Divide. Last year, I convinced my family to go on an adventure to the top of the divide on snowmobiles.

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It was one of those decisions you make without really knowing what you’re getting into. Everyone was really excited until I pointed to where we were heading. It was one of those clear days, and as we looked up to the very top of the massive mountain, we could see that things were not as calm there as they were where we stood.

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As soon as I pointed this out, my daughter started to rethink the adventure. It was written all over her face and in her voice. I told her how great it was going to be when we made it to the top and not to worry. I said the view was going to be amazing, and I will never forget her response: “Dad, is this going to be worth it?” Like every good dad would, I said, “Of course it will be!”

The instructor finished the safety talk, and we started up the mountain. My daughter kept saying, “Dad, slow down! Dad, I’m scared!” As we climbed, the path started to narrow, and she began to elevate her concerns to, “Dad, let’s turn around!” At one point, I was concerned myself, because taking a wrong turn meant going over a steep cliff. I tried to convince her that once we got to the top it would be worth it, but she was not having it.

We finally reached the first lookout with an amazing view. My daughter felt relieved and took in the scene. But when the instructor told us to keep going because we had not reached our final destination, my daughter officially lost it. She insisted she was not getting back on the snowmobile, but I was able to convince her to keep going.

We continued up narrow, winding roads to the top. It was awesome. Even my daughter said the view was so much better. We felt like we were on top of the world. Later, I asked her what she thought the experience. She said, “It was so awesome, Dad. I would do it again.”

When it comes to your business, setting goals can be exciting and maybe a little uncertain at the same time. We all get our plans together and set off with great enthusiasm to achieve them. But much like climbing the mountain, things can become difficult, especially when we hit parts that are challenging and even scary. We naturally begin to rethink our choices and say, “Is this worth it?” That answer should be, “YES!!!”

Nothing great ever comes easily. We could have stopped going up the mountain at the first lookout, which was nice but nothing like what we experienced when we finally made it to the top of the divide.

Stay focused on the goals you set for yourself in 2016. We are rolling into April, and the first quarter is behind us. Maybe you’re ahead of your goals, or maybe you’ve forgotten half of them. It does not matter as long as you are on your path. Being on your journey and moving forward is what is important.

In closing, here are three ideas to help you stay on track:

• Accountability Partner: One thing that has been most beneficial for me is finding someone to help keep me accountable and encourage me to continue the climb when I really want to stop.

• Embrace Change: The truth about change is that it is difficult and inevitable. Just know life is always molding us to be better even if we do not recognize the “why” at the moment.

• Seek to Understand: Remember the world has so much more to teach us.

I hope this topic sparks some ideas you can implement with your team. As always, I look forward to continuing to share strategies that will help you grow your practice.

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