There are two types of goal setters in this world. People who set goals and people who set goals like Paul Steele. When most of us want to get in better shape, we do a couple of weeks of Atkins or make a couple of 30 minute trips to the gym. Paul decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
So Paul, tell me about your blog- baldhiker.com. What made you get into blogging in the first place?
I was/am just an everyday tweeter (joined in 2008) and I started tweeting my hikes and treks as I went along. People seemed to like it and after 2 years on twitter I decided I should blog my hikes and expand my pics/thoughts for the day.
You seem to be a very goal-oriented person. Why is goal setting so important for success?
Yes. goals are what drives me. Mountain tops, treks completed, sights seen. If it wasn’t for goals I would still be obese, feeling mundane. For instance, I never worry about what I eat really as I know my goals make me get up and do something.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? Now THAT is setting a goal! Where did you come up with that idea?
Kilimanjaro was one of the early altitude climbs. That was exactly when I was huge and obese. A friend asked if I wanted a go as he knew I loved hiking, plus it was for a great charity. I never looked back.
You built a big Twitter following as you were training. Did that help to push you along- knowing that so many people were rooting for you?
Friends on twitter are amazing. The boost that a kind 140 characters from a friendly face can make is incredible. Sometimes when trekking, climbing you lose connection on the mobile so when logging on after it can be very humbling to tell the truth. Gives lots of strength to give back and take interest in what others are doing too.
I still do not call myself a Travel Writer. I am a tweeter that tweets and shares and takes interest in a whole variety of subjects. As I said I have only blogged just over a year and with my love of hiking/trekking there is an interest in travel per se. I had/have no goals to be anything special, I am just me and write about what I have been up to or what others have. So yes a by-product indeed.
What do you think is the biggest thing that keeps people from reaching the goals they set for themselves?
Positivity and keeping it going is hard for many. I totally understand that. There is the financial market for a start keeping people from priorities plus unfortunately we all know negative people. I say reach for your dreams. Do not focus on time limits but happily go for goals and enjoy the journey on the way there.
Is there “one that got away” – a goal you really went after, but never could reach?
No, never- a goal will always be there. For instance my goal is to walk to the south pole. I have started canvassing sponsors and publicly shown this online, but purposely have not restricted myself to time. No mountain, place to be dissappears fast. If I have missed something then I can’t think of it as I couldn’t do anything about it now 🙂
As a bit of a travel celebrity, you get to go places many people only dream of. Where is the place you would most like to visit?
Haha a celebrety? nahhhh. But yes I have seen some incredible places this year. I cannot complain. As above. The South Pole is a dream/goal.
Will Paul ever make it to the South Pole? The only way to find out is to follow him on Twitter and see for yourself. Also, be sure to stop by his website BaldHiker to check out some of his fantastic images from around the world.
So what is YOUR biggest goal? Go ahead and put it in writing now. Leave it in the comments and start working toward it!