First of all, congratulations on surviving the seemingly endless month of January. Is there a tougher month to endure than that one?
After my morning routine in the gym, my mind is usually filled with thoughts and ideas and some like today’s cause me to sit and think on a specific question my mind raised. The question that popped in today was, “Why do you do what you do?” Specifically related to the Hiking Gentlemen, and the path we are methodically headed down.
When it comes to the Hiking Gentlemen, it was and never has been about anything more than sharing our love and passion for the great outdoors and then finding a way to propel or support that passion. No matter what we are trying to conceptualize when it comes to defining and prospering our budding brand, the results (good and bad) will always be derived out of love and enjoyment. We never went into this seeking the most likes on our photos on Instagram, having the perfect or most immaculate photo, or securing the most followers there, or on any social platform. Our goal was and is, to share a little about who we are each day, and that as we do, those other things like growing our base will become a natural and successful byproduct of sharing that energy with each of you through photo and through written word.
It’s easy to get caught up in the “social validations” of likes, “friends”, and followers and we have to regulate ourselves as well sometimes. However, the second you fall prey to this, is the instant you lose sight of who you are, and why you are doing what you are doing. For Kevin and I our hope is to grow the aforementioned, but our personal success and validation of our mission is not predicated on these things. Our aim is engagement, and motivation, and to expand that aim day in and day out no matter how long or how difficult that road. In the world of social engagement these principles are indeed important, but will never be the driver of why we create.
Now, we hope this doesn’t come across as arrogance, or overconfidence. But moreover, we hope it is viewed as a deeper appreciation of those of you who follow along with us today, and that you see our intent as genuine and meaningful in some way. We’ll continue to do what we do, and define who we are daily, and with that, make a positive impact in our own unique way.
If you haven’t asked yourself this question lately I might recommend that you give it a try, it will be eye opening. Ask the question and then sit in silence allowing your mind to open some of those unopened doors. Ultimately whatever you are doing, it should be something that is making you happy. Something that is allowing you to progress and grow. Something that is benefiting yourself and others (family, friends, co-workers). It should be something that leaves you feeling fulfilled each day, and with a sense that you’ve made a meaningful contribution to the environment around you.
This question could be asked about anything; a job, a relationship, working out, etc. If you feel good when analyzing those things in your life then keep on keeping on, you are on the right path. If you feel a sense of dread when you ponder on the subject or subjects, then it may mean it’s time to change some things. Apply for that new job, slow things down in a relationship, change your program or split at the gym, even the subtlest of changes and effort can bring about miraculous results. If you are open to change, then that part of making a switch or an adjustment in your life will be easy. If you find change difficult, this may present a mental hurdle that might seem impossible to clear. However, taking the initiative to change and adapting to it is how we grow mentally, push through barriers, and gain confidence in ourselves and our decision making abilities. Bottom line, YOU CAN DO IT!
That’s A Wrap
That’s that, short, sweet, and simple. Don’t be afraid to make the change. Remember not all changes can be off the cuff, some have to be calculated in order to mitigate any negative ripple effects (like quitting a job…). In the end trust yourself, and like I tell the players that I coach in basketball, BELIEVE! Believe in yourself, believe in your abilities.
Why do you do what you do…..?