I saw the movie, Wild, this week. Wow! Talk about commitment and stamina and holding true to your dreams, in spite of some heavy duty emotional issues. It’s about a young woman who decides to hike a 1,000+ mile portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. It’s a true story of how Cheryl Strayed finds herself in an emotional turmoil after the death of her mother. She turns her back on life as she knows it: gets a divorce, quits her job, and leaves. She has no experience with the wild, or with backpacking.
She sets out on the trail with the purpose of reflecting on her past, hoping the end result sees her whole again. Her plan of action was pretty much set in stone in the beginning days, mainly because of her ignorance of what lay ahead on the trail. But she soon saw that her POA needed some adjustments, just like I needed to adjust my expectations and my DMP a month after getting started on my MKMMA trail.
Cheryl’s attitude was not always positive, but she did a good job of keeping it in check. Each time she considered quitting, her persistence to go on always won out – in spite of bears, snakes, exhaustion, pain, and other obstacles.
Her Definite Major Purpose, (outwardly), was to reach the end of the trail. More important, however, was her inner DMP which was to find inner peace.
She could not have survived in the wilderness without the help of the people she met along the way, the more experienced hikers, who repacked her backpack to make it lighter, who warned her of weather ahead, who taught her how to use an ice pick, and who were her greatest cheerleaders giving her support. They were her Mastermind Alliance.
I’m thrilled to have a Mastermind Alliance!