By Rick Boxx
愛莉森．李凡艱苦跋涉地爬上聖母峰，這個豐功偉蹟是我們許多人不敢嘗試的。在雞排餐廳（Chick-Fil-A restaurant corporation）所主辦的一個廣播電視同步播放的發表會上，她談到那次攻頂的經驗。為了爬聖母峰，她作了許多周延的準備。
本文版權為正直資源中心（Integrity Resource Center, Inc.）所有。本文獲得授權改編自「瑞克．博克思的正直時刻Integrity Moments with Rich Boxx」。這系列的文章是以一個基督徒的觀點評論職場的正直議題。想要更多了解正直資源中心或想要收到電子文件的「瑞克每天的正直時刻Rick”s daily Integrity Moments」系列文章，請上網www.integrityresource.org。他的書「如何生意興隆而不犧牲正直」提供人們正直地作生意的方法。
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你知道在攀登像聖母峰那樣的艱巨高山之前，登山者必須花足夠的時間去為他們的身體作準備嗎？ 在你自己的事業或專業生涯中有什麼經驗類似經驗豐富的登山者所作的準備？ 為何今天職場上的人在從事一個新企劃或開始一個新作為之前，不太願意在時間、精力和準備上作必要的犧牲？ 李凡女士說明她在準備攀登聖母峰時，在每次攀登一段高度後會不斷回到基地帳篷。你能否想出工商專業人士在準備挑戰一個新的冒險或企劃時，可以採取什麼步驟作為類似「基地帳篷」的屬靈退修站？一個人與上帝的關係如何能夠作為「基地帳篷」？註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
PREPARING FOR THE CLIMB TO THE TOP
By Rick Boxx
Alison Levine made an amazing trek to the top of Mount Everest, a feat most of us cannot even imagine attempting. She spoke about the experience during a simulcast media presentation sponsored by the Chick-Fil-A restaurant corporation, describing extensive preparations she had to make for the climb.
The human body, she explained, cannot tolerate the extremely high altitude and unusual atmospheric conditions of Mount Everest without first undergoing months of preparation. Climbers cannot just grab mountain climbing gear and begin the ascent. Much is needed for the body to achieve readiness.
At the beginning, it takes weeks of climbing just to the first level of the mountain and then retreating to the base camp. Then climbers proceed to the next level and climb back down again. This process continues until the body becomes acclimated and fully prepared for climbing all the way to the summit of the world”s tallest mountain.
These mountain climbing principles have direct application to the business and professional world. Just as Mount Everest represents an adventure and lofty pursuit for many who have ever engaged in mountain climbing, the work world also has “Everests” that we envision conquering. It might be an exciting idea, a lofty goal, or a unique business concept. Whatever it is, achieving it requires planning, training, preparation and sufficient provision.
Just as in Ms. Levine”s preparations for climbing Mount Everest, sometimes our work, or business, may appear to be in retreat, having to return to the base camp. But with perseverance, this “going backward” may prove to be the preparation necessary for the successful journey to the top.
Today many people insist on instant success, immediate gratification for their desires. TV, the Internet”s immediacy, and instant communication capacities of social media have caused us to forget that success often requires considerable expenditures of time, energy, resources – and patience.
Too often, we expect to be rewarded within weeks, not years. Yet as we consider the history of business and enterprise, many great achievements came only after many years of effort, trial and error, and failure. Great ideas beyond number have died, falling well short of success because their innovators lacked the determination to stick with them. They were unwilling to advance, then retreat to “base camp,” advance further and then retreat again, until they were fully prepared for the final push toward success.
The Bible clearly speaks to this issue. In the New Testament, for example, James 1:4 teaches, "Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." Perseverance is more than endurance, which amounts to “hanging on.” To persevere means to have a goal in sight, a plan for reaching it, and the commitment to carry it to completion.
In a similar passage, Romans 5:3-5 tells us “…suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint….” We stay with the process, even when we must retreat or encounter setbacks, because of the expectation of a satisfactory outcome. So if you seek to climb to the top of your profession, be willing to start with preparations at the bottom.
Copyright 2012, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center or to sign up for Rick”s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.integrityresource.org. His book, How to Prosper in Business Without Sacrificing Integrity, gives a biblical approach for doing business with integrity.
Were you aware that before approaching a formidable mountain like Mount Everest, climbers must dedicate sufficient time to prepare their bodies for the ascent? What experience in your own business or professional life has been somewhat similar to the preparations undertaken by seasoned, savvy mountain climbers? Why do you think people in today”s workplace tend to be unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices of time, energy and preparation before embarking on a new project or starting a new endeavor? In describing her preparations for climbing Mount Everest, Ms. Levine spoke of repeatedly returning to base camp after each preliminary climb. Can you think of a spiritual parallel to “base camp” as business and professional people go through preliminary steps to prepare for a challenging new venture or project? How could one”s relationship with God serve as a “base camp”?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Proverbs 6:6-8, 19:2, 21:5, 24:27, 27:1, 28:19; Luke 9:23-25, 14:28-33; Philippians 3:14