I successfully climbed 19,335 feet to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, but not on my own. While the climb was a tremendous challenge and not without it’s risks, my chances of safety and success were hardly a question. Not because of my abilities but because I was guided by someone who had been to the summit many times before me.
The path was well known, the challenges prepared for, and all I needed to do was just climb. Imagine, though, had I taken to conquer Kilimanjaro alone. My bravado would have gotten me a fraction of the way up the mountain and possibly to the end of my life!
Fortunately, I climbed the mountain in the safest, most efficient way possible and was left with memories for a lifetime.
A better life and better relationships are no different. Should you choose to continue “going it alone” you risk emotional and physical well-being, relationships and happiness.