I used to have an aversion to the saying “Climb the ladder.” I didn’t like it because the connotation for me was that of struggle and strife. It made me think of corporate politics, posturing, and stepping on and over people on your way to a particular position in life. It reminded me of all the things I disliked about the corporate world and the reason I left it as soon as I could figure a way out.
Recently, however I saw an interview with Fergie, of Black-eyed Peas fame, and my feelings completely softened into a deeper understanding and acceptance of the “climb the ladder” concept. She spoke of a time in her life when she felt a bit lost. As you may know, Fergie had struggled with and has overcome a crystal meth addiction. She told Katie Couric in the interview, “There were periods of my life when a lot of people didn’t believe in me. I still had faith in myself. I really had to ask myself life questions. Where do I see myself in five years? Create a ladder for yourself, and walk up the steps. Climb that ladder.”
The context of this “Climb the ladder” discussion is much different from my old perception, as it suggests looking deep into yourself for your passions and life purpose and creating a ladder that is uniquely yours. What do you love? What would be fun to journey toward. What might your life look like in five years if you move in that direction. I have always been a big fan of envisioning and this particular look at ladder building is deeply personal, specific in possible pathways, non-hurtful and purposeful.
I feel the keys to authentic happiness are desirelessness and fearlessness. Possibly consider, in building your ladder, moving toward it with joy and non-attachment to the outcome. Know that the universe will present challenges of which there will always be a seed of opportunity. Keep your awareness in the moment, unemotional and non-judgmental. Each rung will reveal adventure you would never have expected. It’s all good! Create your personal ladder and climb it with carefree abandon. Blessings!