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Stepping on Stones 
 
"The mountains in our lives can be formidable, and they may present such challenges that we may decide to never climb over that first stone, to never take that first step toward the fulfillment of our goals.   When we encounter difficult tasks and we find ourselves procrastinating and not starting the task, we must find a way to take that first step, and as the above Chinese Proverb states once we take that step “… we must keep on stepping.”
 
 
Perspectives on the
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Life in all its wonderment surrounds and resides in us every day. Perspectives on the Wonderment of Your Life will feature a series of essays that will provide reflections on the abundance and joy in our lives. ...Read More About Perspectives on the Wonderment of Your Life

 

  

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Perspectives on the Wonderment of Your Life

 
 Edward F. Gibbons, Jr.
 
 
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Keep On Stepping Up Your Highest Mountain 

 
 
“To get through the hardest journey
we need take only one step at a time,
But we must keep on stepping.”
 
                                                                           ~ Chinese Proverb
 
 
In my previous essay I discussed how some of our ideas can seem like mountains – large, complex in structure, and seemingly insurmountable. The mountains in our lives can be formidable, and they may present such challenges that we may decide to never climb over that first stone, to never take that first step toward the fulfillment of our goals.   When we encounter difficult tasks and we find ourselves procrastinating and not starting the task, we must find a way to take that first step, and as the above Chinese Proverb states once we take that step “… we must keep on stepping.”
 
The problem, then, is how do we go about implementing a complex idea? How do we take that first step on our journey and “keep on stepping” until we have successfully completed the journey? The answer lies in Rockford Kingsley’s motto: Cogita, Senti, Fac - “Think It, Feel It, Do It”.   Specifically, we must fully understand the value the idea may have for ourselves, our family, our friends, and for society. We must acknowledge a basic truth – if we have the capability of thinking about an idea, we have the capability of establishing a plan that will lead to the implementation of the idea. The plan may be complex and consist of many components, and the plan may require the expertise of specialists in a variety of fields. Nevertheless, we can establish a plan to scale the mountain and achieve success.
 
Coinciding with the establishment of the journey’s plan, will be the variety of emotions that we will feel throughout the journey’s process. Emotions such as anticipation, anxiety, excitement, fear, hope, and optimism may be experienced during the development and implementation of the plan. Regardless of the emotions that may be experienced, it is important to keep in mind that the respective emotions make the whole process real. The various emotions will help to make real the journey that will take place and that your vision will be brought to life. I encourage you to embrace all of the emotions that you will feel. Try to understand why you are experiencing the particular emotions. Recognize the empowerment you can attain from these emotions and how this empowerment can provide the momentum to start the journey and keep it going even during difficult times. 
 
Now we come to actualization stage of implementing your idea – Fac – “Do It”!! Clearly, this is easier said than done. However, with the proper framework provided by Cogita – “Think It,” and Senti – “Feel It” you can confidently take that first step on your journey. This confidence should not replace the caution that must be taken with each step. 

There are stumps and crevices along the journey’s path – some are physical and some are psychological. The physical obstacles can be ascertained from the information provided by the surrounding terrain. Pay attention to the elements of your journey!! What information is being provided by the respective elements? Does this information provide clues as to what may lay ahead in your journey? Don’t be so eager to complete the journey that you don’t “stop, look, and listen”. Always be vigilant.
 
The second set of obstacles that you may encounter is psychological in nature. Self-doubt, fear, and overconfidence, to name a few, either can keep you from moving forward or may have you move too fast and take too many risks. Keep an even psychological approach during your journey. If you begin to question if you are doing the right thing, reflect on the purpose of your plan. Draw psychological strength from your well developed plan. If, on the other hand, your journey seems to be going better than expected, don’t let overconfidence dictate your better judgment. Being overconfident can result in you not paying attention to information available from the “stones” of your journey. Remember, that there will be plenty of time to celebrate your victory once you have successfully climbed the mountain.
 
If you have truly embraced Rockford Kingsley’s motto you will be LIVING YOUR DREAM.  Cogita, Senti, Fac – “Think It, Feel It, Do It”.  Live by this motto and there is no telling what you will accomplish.

  

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