Scale the Walls: What’s Holding You Back?

Don’t Let Life’s Walls Hold You Back

I am surrounded by amazing people! Individuals that have gone back to school as adults and are now working in jobs that they dreamed of. Individuals who felt stuck in a rut, but worked to get out of it. Individuals who are dreaming of what could be and making it happen!

But the reality for all of us, even those mentioned above, is that there are areas in our lives that we struggle with: areas that are down right hard to deal with. We want to make a change, but that wall in our life feels insurmountable.


Right out of college, my first job was as an Activity Director for a local Retirement Community. I worked with seniors who lived very independently, and it was my job to give them every opportunity to stay active and enjoy life. I had many who lived amazing, vibrant lives, and many who did not. I started to ask the questions, what is the difference between these two groups of people. I found that one group made the decision to prosper. They grew in relationships, continued to learn, continued to make adjustments and never stop improving their lives. And the others seemed to have thrown in the towel.

Our lives are filled with ups and downs, some say valleys and mountain top experiences, others describe life as a roller coaster ride. Whatever mental picture you decide on, it is filled with times of ease and time of challenge. There are many walls that we find in our lives. As we challenge ourselves and learn, we scale these walls, grow and move on.

Sometimes as we move through life we approach walls that are much bigger then those we previously experienced. They are much harder to scale, impossible it seems. Things like getting out of debt, losing the weight, quitting the bad habit we’ve had for years, getting a new job, have what appears to be a very large wall in the way of success.

The fact is, these walls that feel insurmountable do hold us back in life. We try to go on living our lives trying to ignore that wall, but we know it is there. The questions is, do you believe you can get over that wall, or have you thrown in the towel?

If you want to scale the walls in your life:
Treat it as a job. We put our whole heart and soul into the work we love. The large walls in our lives will require a large amount of time and energy. Any less will not do. Read about it, learn about it, talk about it, make it a main focus in life.
If one thing does not work, make a note of it and try something else. So many times we try something, fail and give up. That truly is failure. We have the opportunity to learn from your experience, good and bad, make adjustments and still move forward. Try something new until you find what works for you.
Remember you have succeeded many, many times before. You are an amazing capable person. You have done great things in the past, you can and will do great things in the future. Celebrate your victories and set your sights on many more.

What wall is staring you in the face? What are you going to do about it? Are you going to throw in the towel or use it as a victory flag when you reach the top?