It wasn't the summit. This had happened four times already on the ascent. I cursed mightily and my feet felt a new level of pain.
The funny thing is: nothing changed throughout that whole sequence of events except my attitude. Yet, that simple change manipulated my drive to continue the summit bid, the pain in my feet, and the amount of cursing I did.
It's the journey - not the summit - that matters.
In peak bagging, as in life, you must learn to take every step with joy in your heart - or don't bother to take it at all.
Here's the easiest way to understand what I mean: take your favorite podcast or audiobook with you on your next mountain hike, and listen while hiking. Get totally into it and your footfalls on the trail - nothing else. Head for the summit, but don't plan on actually getting there or think about it obsessively. Eventually, you may find that you're not focusing singularly on the task of getting to the top - instead you are quite enjoying the program you are listening to and the feeling of moving around in a beautiful place. You may even want the summit to be further away... to continue the hike because you are enjoying yourself so much.
Eventually, with a bit of training, you will be able to transform this into Meditation in Motion - literally a form of meditating while you are hiking, enjoying every step along the way.
I hope you find how pleasurable it is to get lost in your mind with joy in your heart.