Seth Godin’s blog post, Looking for the right excuse highlights the results psychology plays when a team committs to the plan. I just had a friend Chris Davenport who scaled Mt. Everest. His team did it using an unconventional approach. Instead of repeated acclimatization trips to the higher camps followed by multiple descents and a treacherous journey through the dangerous ice fall above Base Camp, they used a phased system where they reduced the trips to the higher camps to two prolonged periods and then a final trip to the summit. They were committed to a new approach, moving away from the traditional method. Their trip resulted in success for themselves and their clients. What my friend Chris never mentioned was an excuse- he even took time to ski on from Camp III down towards the valley. His team embraced the new philosophy as if it were an advantage. With all the challenges associated on an expedition to climb Mt. Everest excuses only consume limited energy and focus from a group’s chances of summiting.
Is your cause committed to fulfilling its purpose? When your stuck in a tent on the side of the mountain waiting-out a snow and wind storm what stories do you tell yourself? Is it filled with excuses or commitments?