Lessons Learned On My Journey to Mt. Everest Base Camp – Part 2 of 6

Focus on the Formula

You probably already know the formula.  It’s certainly not a secret. I’ve read various versions, most recently in the book The Lotus Code by Mark Yarnell and Valerie Bates. I’ve put my own spin on it because I like to choose words that have personal meaning and I thrive on five…one word for each finger. Simple, I know.

Thoughts + Words + Actions + Habits = Results

This is the story of how “The Formula” got me to Mt. Everest Base Camp. More importantly, this same formula will help you attain your heart’s desires.

It starts with a thought…and it’s just fine if that thought is wildly improbable. After all, a dream that’s too big is just the right size, right? At the International Convention last summer, we were encouraged (even if we were veterans in USANA) to go through the newly introduced e-Apprentice. I don’t expect others in our organization to do what I’m not willing to do myself so upon returning home I signed on and earnestly began doing the assignments. I nearly skipped the Dream Builder Wheel in the Business Lab because frankly, my life is wonderful and I felt satisfied. Or maybe that was complacency I was feeling. At any rate, I thought “why not?” and started typing in wildly improbable goals for myself including seeing the tallest mountain on the planet. Of course, I figured that someday I’d FLY to Nepal to see Mt. Everest. It hadn’t occurred to me that I’d actually trek to that notable landmark. Note:  the Universe listens to thoughts and in some incomprehensible way, starts things in motion.

Four months after having that thought I received an e-mail from one of my heroes, Werner Berger – the oldest North American to ever summit Mt. Everest. He told me about his intention to take a number of USANA Associates to Base Camp in May of 2010 and wondered if I’d forward a message to my extensive database to assess any interest. Hmmm…I remembered that dream wheel. But…(isn’t there usually a “but?”) there was no way I could attempt such a thing. To make certain, I actually put the thought into words and ran it by my husband and yes, he pretty much agreed…no way. Can I just interject here that oftentimes it’s helpful to your cause if a few people whose judgment you respect, tell you what you’ve just verbalized is impossible. It happened when I started building my USANA business and it has happened since. For some reason, having someone tell me I can’t do something always gives me just the nudge I need.

On New Year’s Day I sent an invitation to my sons to join me on the trek. Three of them said, “Yes!” There are several important lessons in my purpose for extending the invitation and in their response. Stay tuned for a future installment.

Well, I not only forwarded Werner’s original e-mail, I wrote back to him and told him I’d like to be the first on his list. I shared my concerns about my fitness level, my fears, etc. I received a lovely message in return and I’ll share a bit here:

“I’m not surprised you’d be intrigued, dear Collette. You will absolutely adore the people and the amazing landscape. I can understand your fears, especially because you have never trekked before.

There are two keys to success. One, of course, is fitness. Four months of training can get almost anyone in shape. The second is speed. Going too fast at altitude is ill-advised and can totally destroy the experience. We will take time to soak in the majesty, the spirit and uniqueness of one of the most beautiful and breathtaking places on earth.”

Werner Berger
Dax, Werner, Me, Zachary, and Ryan

That vote of confidence from Werner and the picture he painted in my mind set me in gear. I knew I had to put action behind my words. I went to work. I began my training on New Year’s Day and hiked, climbed, went to the gym or worked out with my personal trainer five days a week for the next four months.  Before long I realized the first thought in my head when I awoke each morning was centered on what I was going to do that very day to improve my fitness level. My actions had become habits and I could literally feel my body transforming itself.

Training hike on Mt. San Jacinto
Training with Ric

On May 12, 2010 I stood (after walking every step of the way) at Mt. Everest Base Camp with my three sons and a dedicated group of USANA distributors and friends. My wildly improbable thought that became those tentative words that turned into massive, focused action which in time became a habit had ultimately produced results. That moment – exhausted, freezing, tears streaming, bursting with love, joy and gratitude – will dwell in my heart forever. I don’t know when I’ve ever felt more proud – or more humble.

Focus on the Formula.  I promise…it works!

P.S. If you would like a day-to-day account of what it was like on the trail, you can check out my son’s blog at dirtyrunning.blogspot.com.  You can also see more about our group trek on USANA’s blog.
Our group preparing for the climb to Namche

The yaks always have “right of way”
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