When I last returned from Nepal where I trekked to Everest Basecamp and the three 5500m High Passes and was still on cloud nine as I enjoyed the lingering effects of personal achievement, growth and high altitude buzz. While I reflect on how awesome the adventure was and why I loved every single minute of it (just get me chatting and I’ll go on for hours), I was also aware that other trekkers whinged, whined and even cried about the cold, the distance, the food, the hills, the rocks, the EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING…….

Doesn’t it just come down to attitude?

Attitude is the difference between viewing challenges as an ordeal or an adventure, even if well laid plans don’t eventuate 100% of the time (which they wont in rough terrain).


Switching on a positive attitude to a new experience allows a strong foundation which motivates the necessary preparation and planning. It then enhances optimism, expectancy and enthusiasm which allows you to thrive in new challenges. It gives you a recharge when you are climbing hills which don’t seem to end (PUFF PUFF REST PUFF PUFF) and a supercharge when you get to the top for a short rest and celebrate (WOOHOO) before moving on to the next hill/mountain.

Renjo la Pass – Climb to the top in snow


1.Your attitude is not an automatic response to what impacts you, it is a proactive choice on how you interpret and respond to your circumstance.

2. YOU decide how to interpret challenges as they present themselves. e.g

Positive – We just climbed to the top of this mountain! It was a massive effort but we did it. Well done team, what a feeling. That pre trek training paid off, what an achievement!!

Weak – This is going to be really difficult, I don’t know if I can achieve what I set out to do now the weather has changed. I don’t feel comfortable being pushed at this time, so I’ll go at my own pace and see how I go.

Negative – I am not going to walk with a backpack and without crampons up massive hills with snow, boulders and scree, this is ridiculous. Someone will need to carry my bag and I’ll go around the path instead.

The perspective changes from we to I as the self talk becomes more negative

  1. YOU have the power to control your attitude.

Your decision to develop a positive or negative attitude depends on you, it comes from within and is habit forming. Spend time each day thinking positive thoughts and challenge yourself on how some of them can be applied to your personal and business life. When you do this regularly, they are front of mind when you need to draw on them for inspiration or motivation. If you think you can’t do something, brainstorm what could be done to change this view e.g practice, research, seek advice.

This does not mean everything works out perfectly, it means you give it the best environment to thrive.

  1. Beware of the oxygen thiefs

Some people are just plain angry and love to spew their negative and often toxic comments towards those who have a zest for life and allow them the time of day. The haters, whiners and complainers are characteristically unhappy and fearful people who enjoy wallowing in their own misery and contaminating others with their unhelpful sharing which is consistently focussed on what is wrong rather than what can be done better. Furthermore, they don’t enjoy watching others gain satisfaction so have no capacity to positively impact your success goals.

  1. Start programming your brain to think positive

The words you speak under pressure aren’t just a reflection of what’s in your brain, they are contributing to your further thoughts, behaviours, responses and actions.

  1. What words do you use when faced with challenges?
  2. What impact is it having on others around you?
  3. What words would you like to use?

Start practicing today.

Annie Gibbins

Lipstick CEO