3rd Thursdays - Redemption Along the Ridgeline

Any worthwhile pursuit is never easy.  It requires preparation, trial and error, and commitment.  Without commitment giving up is easy.

Welcome to 3rd Thursdays, a quick-read monthly newsletter for the 3rd Thursday of every month to help make room for more abundance.  

In October of 2019 my buddy Darrell and I attempted to summit three 10,000 ft peaks south of Lake Tahoe on an 11.4 mile loop with nearly 4,000 feet of climbing.  Due to freezing rain, poor visibility, and harsh wind conditions, we only made it to the first summit (Freel Peak) and turned back.

For me this loop would have to wait for another day.  Darrell would take on the route again the following weekend and complete the loop with much better weather conditions.

The circumstances of 2020 have caused us to rethink our routes in life or simply wait for a better day.  

This year I've trekked many routes in solitude, hiking and backpacking more than 250 miles between June 2020 and October 2020 around the Lake Tahoe Wilderness and the Eastern Sierras.   It was therapy for the soul and allowed me to seek clarity for a big career move into 2021.

My day for redemption along the ridgeline came on October 3, 2020, a blue bird day.

After reaching the summit of Freel Peak I began the next leg to Job's Sister (the 2nd 10k summit, the 3rd 10k summit is called Jobs Peak) and caught up with a couple firemen from Monterey county.  They had been battling the California wildfires this summer and often spent weekends off-the-grid.  

They flew the American flag at each summit and we continued the rest of the loop together, talking about life, triathlons, hiking in the Desolation Wilderness, concerts, diet, cancer, and leadership.

We completed the loop mid-afternoon and had a couple ice cold beers in the parking lot.  Thanks fellas.  We remain in contact through Instagram.


Life doesn't always go according to plan, but when we focus on the big picture there are always lessons to be learned through setbacks.  Patience and perspective, are a couple big ones that come to mind.

My challenge for you on this 3rd Thursday is to think about the lessons 2020 has taught you.  What went well?  What didn't go as planned?  How can you prepare for a better outcome on the next "ascent"?  Write it down and make a plan to climb on a better day.

Finally, describe the feeling when that task has been accomplished and the space you've created in your mind to allow for more abundance.  Find a reason to celebrate, even if it's a self affirmation, "Yep, I got this".

Thank you for your time.  Stay tuned for the final issue of 3rd Thursdays of 2020 on Thursday, December 17, 2020.  If you're diggin' the vibe check out my summer adventures on my Instagram.

With Gratitude,

Danny Heinsohn
Keynote / B2B Sales Leader / Scholarship Giver
Transform Obstacles into Results

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