How to Conquer Any Mountain

by Michelle Pearson

Have you heard? We are climbing Mt Kilimanjaro next January! Yes, really! (Details are here: )

If you've been around me very long, you will know that, although I am a wellness coach, I am not an athlete, let alone an extreme athlete who climbs mountains! But you know, God has a way of getting glory from the most unlikely people assigned to the most unlikely tasks! He should get a huge amount of glory from our completing this assignment! And, our prayer and hope, confident expectation, is that it will be an encouragement and inspiration to many thousands that you too can do extraordinary things in life as God leads and equips you!

You see friends, God is greater than all our challenges, than every mountain in our path. Every marriage, economic, financial, fitness. faith, or family challenge that we will encounter – He is greater and He will see us through that challenge when we yield to His Way and receive His power to overcome!

Long before I was even remotely thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro, for some odd reason, *wink*, I was drawn to follow two groups last year on the internet who were training to climb Mt. Everest. The reports of their training, their mindset changes, the money involved in making the trip and the climb, and the emotional support received from family, friends, and even strangers were all really remarkable. I found it captivated my imagination… and then my vision!

It made me think (just for a few minutes) that I could do that! I could do that! Then my mindset said, "You are nuts! You'd have to be nuts to do that, and for what purpose?" Wow. Shot down before I ever made it to even training to climb the mountain. By my own mindset!

You see, that's how it happens. We look at the beautiful pictures from the summit of success and are inspired to change, to go, to do, to dream. Then we step back and reason. And, when we do, we see the whole mountain, looming in front of us, no longer beautiful, but ominous, daunting, one huge reminder of what we can't do, and how we failed before, where we came short. And we turn our focus back on something else within our comfort zone, where little to nothing ever changes.

But the truth is… no one, no matter who they are or what they've ever done, scales the mountain tops all at once or without preparation and training. No, to climb the mountain and take in the view from the summit, we all have to do it the same way.

You must get the vision of the summit in your heart, make it plain, clearly seeing yourself there already, before your first step. Then, you must lower your sights to the first five to ten steps in front of you and… here's the key: GO!

Step by step is how you summit any mountain. You can't steer a parked car and you can't climb a mountain without ever taking a step away from the base. Make the FIRST STEP. Then make another step. That's how you reach the summit.

This is true with any challenge. It is true with The Picture of Health's 40 Day Bootcamp (Free to you in May! Just register from the menu above as our gift! While we train, you can train too!) But it is also true with every challenge you will ever face in life.

Some challenges, like symptoms of disease or a terrifying diagnoses, seem to loom larger than other, less scary challenges, like say, a few extra pounds packed on during the holidays… every year for 30 years. But yet, the way to the pinnacle, the view from the victory, starts the same: you first get a vision of the end, be motivated by the victory and decide to accept it as already yours. With that as your beginning, come back to where you are and begin to move to where you see yourself to be.

Step by step.

Choose, Activate, Achieve.

It's your health… it's your choice.

Do you want to live in the pinnacle of good health? Or, maybe that's too tall a mountain to shoot for? Perhaps your mental, physical mountain is just to believe you could be pain-free again? Whatever you can envision, don't be discouraged by the looming mountains. See the summit. Get the vision. Then…

Take the first Five Steps to Health… (to be continued)


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Believe. Choose. Activate. Achieve. Repeat!

Michelle Pearson is a dynamic wellness coach, speaker, author, and the Founder & President of Picture of Health Inc. ( On a personal health journey for the past 17 years, Michelle’s mission is to educate, activate, challenge and equip others to live a full, satisfying life through the use of state-of-the-art educational resources to produce significant and lasting health breakthroughs.

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Michelle Pearson
The Dr's Wife, Speaker, Author, Mountain Taker, Trainer in health & clinical nutrition, walks in healing, high heels, & hiking boots. Preferably in pink.
A Catalyst for Change, Michelle has been on a personal health journey for the past 19 years. Her mission is to educate, activate, challenge and equip others to live a full, satisfying life.
She and husband, Dr. Ray Pearson, are known as "The Dynamic Duo of Health and Healing". Together, they have more than 1000 hours of continuing education in advanced nutrition and wellness topics.

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