This past weekend I traveled back to my physical therapy roots in Washington, DC. PTs and educators from across the country gathered at my alma mater for an incredible inaugural conference:
There is always such energy surrounding conferences like this as you meet and share ideas with individuals from across the country. It was incredible to be surrounded by so many innovative giants in my field and I was absolutely humbled to be included on the docket of speakers. In fact, this is the first official conference I have attended as a full blown physical therapist:
Over two days, we listened to pioneers of innovation from hospitals and universities across the country, discussed the barriers to growth and change, and brainstormed how we can work together as a profession to tackle these obstacles. When surrounded by so many like minded peers, you are imbued with an unstoppable energy. Adding a little spinach to your day!
During an event like this, you have the sensation that you can take over the world and shape it for the better. There is no separation between ideas and execution.
The keynote speaker for the event was author and innovator Chris Trimble, if you haven’t read “How Stella Saved the Farm” I highly recommend it. A parable about innovation and instigating change, the book is a quick, easy, and inspirational read.
He brought up the analogy of climbing a mountain.
“Only novice mountaineers celebrate at the top of the mountain, expert climbers celebrate when they have returned to base camp.”
So, here we are…at the top of the mountain, realizing that all these great ideas still must be executed. And as Mr. Trimble pointed out:
Sustain what exists WHILE building something new
So while we all may want to be those elevated idea people celebrating at the top of the mountain, the whole wide world stretching like an empty canvas beyond the horizon. Realize, that is just half of the journey.
Who is ready to come back down with me? Who is ready to execute?