OH MY GOODNESS! What an incredible journey this has been. First off, I cannot express enough how thankful I am for all the love and support I received over the last 6 weeks. Reading your messages is truly what kept me going. From words of encouragement to make it to the next camp, to condolences when Alphie passed, every message gave me that little extra push and motivation I needed all while making me feel loved and supported. I could not have done this without you!
I have so many emotions from this experience and so much to share with you... you sure can learn a lot at 29,029 feet! Make sure that you are following me on all my socials, especially Instagram and TikTok @rebeccalouisefitness for more Everest content!
Keep reading for my top lessons from Summiting Mount Everest!
Once your mind expands, it can never go back to its original state. We all have a choice. No matter what situation you're facing, you have a choice in how you see it, how you deal with it, and what you do with it. Circumstances may seem negative, but you need to believe that you have a choice in the matter. This opens up your opportunities so much!
Find Your Pace
If you do something at your own pace, you are going at a speed comfortable for you. Finding your rhythm is important in anything you do. We all know the feeling once we get int our groove! Think of it this way.. If you overload yourself on day 1 and then on day 2 and 3 you don't do much, you kind of get thrown off right? You can begin to lose that excitement and that desire deep down.
When I was climbing, it was crucial for me to find my pace. There was a point during our second attempt to the summit, where I was going too fast, my oxygen mask wasn't on correctly, I was getting hot and frustrated and I had to just take a second, step back and just breathe. I took a deep breath and told myself, Rebecca just find your pace and keep it consistent. Don't sprint here and slow down there, keep it consistent.
There are periods in life just like on the summit where you have to speed up a bit or slow down and take a detour, but it should always come back to finding your pace. What pace works for you to get you to where you want to go? What pace can you maintain long term to reach your goals?
Don't forget, consistency is key! Stick with something, or find something that you can stick with. Goals can seem daunting, but how are you supposed to change and achieve those goals if you don't' stick with it? Find inspiration and motivation in books, videos, blogs, pictures, and quotes, and make this a part of your daily life. Actively listen and then ACT and be CONSISTENT with it!
Always Keep Moving
Starting, stopping and starting over is not only a waste of time but it can be very discouraging when trying to reach your goals. After you find your pace, you have to KEEP MOVING! I've talked a lot about feeling stuck, and its not that your actually stuck, its that you've stopped! So you have to keep moving!
During the Ice Falls climb if I would stop moving, I would get cold. If I started to get cold, I would go still and then I would be stuck! No matter what your circumstances, it is possible to keep pushing and for your momentum to keep going. Finding that rhythm and keeping it consistent will keep you going. Even if it's baby steps, it's much better that stopping!!!
Trust The Process
You've got to trust the process. Now, there were times on the mountain where my guide got frustrated with me, I got frustrated with my guide, but at the end of the day, I had never been there before! I didn't know the weather windows, I didn't know when we were supposed to go to the next camp, but I sure did have my opinion about it!!
It ties right into the personal development I am always talking about! Don't take advice from someone you wouldn't trade places with! How many times are you listening to someone who is telling you bad advice and then not listening to the person who has the experience and been there before?
This is why I created The 5 Day Break Free Challenge! I wanted it to be running the time I was in Everest to help others break free, help others get unstuck and find their EVEREST! I have some good news... the challenge is STILL OPEN! Sign up now to break free of your limitations and reach your goals!
Whether it be big or small, a win is a win. It is important to celebrate the small wins as well as the big ones. Small wins can happen every day and when you recognize them you get excited, which will continue to propel you forward. Every step I took as I was climbing was getting me closer to the top. No matter what happened on the climb, every time we made it to the next camp, it was a win! By achieving small wins along the way, we can see and feel the progress we are making and that big goal doesn't seem so far away anymore.
Celebrating yourself is celebrating all the progress you have made whether it be big or small. It makes you feel good and when you feel good, you keep going.
Don't Worry About What's Not
So many times we focus on what's going to go wrong, what could happen and forget to live in the moment. There was not one time that I was worried about dying on Everest, I was never worried about the weather. There was a few times I heard an avalanche, which was a bit scary. But, the majority of the time I was focused on getting to the next camp, the view of where were were sleeping, what's for dinner. I was never worried about what's not happening.
I was never focused on the negative things and that's because when you look at things differently, the things you look at change. You get to decided if you have a positive outlook on life. You can take every experience and take something from it and learn from it! There is always a positive in every situation. Once you find that, life is going to be soo much happier.
The universe has your back and if you live every day with gratitude and excitement, the energy you are putting out and receiving back is going to work in your favor! When you have that positive outlook its amazing how much more relaxed you are and how much better your quality of life is going to be!
Be A Team Player
Contribution and participation is what will change the game for you. When you put more in, you get more out. If you're in a group environment and you play full out, your experience is going to be way more positive than just sitting back. With our team, I made sure I was always checking in asking them how they slept, how they are feeling. I wanted to always be positive and bring that good energy to the group.
My mum has always said it doesn't cost anything to say please and thank you. And that has really stuck with me because its SO TRUE! Be a team player!! Think about the last time you went out of your way and went the extra mile to do something for others? Are you being a team player or are you sitting on the sidelines?
One of the main things I learned from summiting Mount Everest is that your team and energy is EVERYTHING!
How is your team going to feel when you are gone? People don't remember what you said, they remember how you make them feel. I wanted my team to feel special and valued because why not? It's the right thing to do!
There are SO many lessons I have learned from Mount Everest! I could literally go on and on. I have stories for days and I cannot wait for the documentary to come out! Stay tuned for more lessons from Everest and to see a all the behind the scenes of me making it to the TOP OF THE WORLD!
I love you all so much and thank you again for your support during this journey!
Rick MountainJuly 15, 2022
Congratulations Rebecca!!! Great life lessons!