Dreams, Wants, to Goals, to Accomplishments.
My dream ever since I was young driving thought the mountains with my parents was to stand on the top of mountains. This was my fantasy, in my mind I never actually thought that it would one day become a possibility.
Years later some friends invited to hike to the summit of a Mountain. I of course said yes. It was an opportunity to do what I had always wanted to do.
Lucky for me I was already in pretty good physical condition and had been exercising for years. So I thought that I was prepared. It was a physical challenge bit it turned out to be more of a mental challenge than I expected.
As with all goals we begin with a general understanding of what we believe will be needed to accomplish them. As we work toward them we find out that there are many things involved that we never could have thought of. These unknowns seem like road blocks to accomplishing the goal but actually they are just part of the journey.
The unknowns are why we set smaller goals in working toward the final goal. Even if the small goal is just to put one foot in front of the other. If you want it bad enough then there is no reason why it can’t be done. It might take longer than expected but that will make the accomplishment that much more rewarding.
When climbing mountains I learned that it is hard. Really hard, as the hike is long and difficult. You look up at the mountain in front of you and see the summit. An hour later you are just about there. you climb over what seem to be the last ridge and look up. You see that you are not there yet.
The summit is still about an hour away. You keep going. One foot in front of the other. Not discouraged. The Journey is part of the reward. You see the next summit. An hour and a half later you reach this summit to only find out that it is not the true summit either. You keep climbing up.
After hours and hours and many false summits you do finally reach the top. Tired, you sit down and look out over all the mountains and feel so incredible.
You have just reached your goal. The views are worth every step.
You stay on top taking in the view for about 10 minutes and then begin your decent. It will be hours hiking back before you reach your car in the parking lot. All Worth it.
This is not the end. On to the next Summit.