Craig DeMartino has a list going in his head at all times.
“The list started as an experiment, a way for Craig to motivate, to follow through on his passion after the amputation. It has evolved into a yearly ritual.” – Fitz Cahall
For Craig, the experiment has given way to a routine that he follows to push himself further in his lifestyle as a climber.
Climbing is a great sport for goal-oriented people, with routes posted, and check-boxes to tick off next to each ascent. It’s enough to make the perpetual list-maker in me to drool.
Unfortunately, I have lists coming at me from every direction like a pack of rabid monkeys. I’d love to say I can pick them off one-by-one like a ninja high on zen and Red Bull.
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The truth is, they’re a pack, and like any pack of primates, they work together to bring me down, burying me under an avalanche of half-crossed-out paper.
What that paper does for me is exactly what it has done for Craig. Once I dig out from under the mountain of lists, I, inevitably, start a new list with the best parts of the old. I let the unnecessary entries disappear into the dumpster and begin work on what’s really important.
It’s the cycle of list re-birth that gives me the direction I need to keep motivated.
Video created by Fitz Cahall and Bryan Smith.