Sometimes mountains stare us in the face. We may try a peak's rugged paths time and again without success, but that doesn't mean we give up on the ascent.
There are inclines that are easy for all of us--we typically are always climbing up and over those hills without much consideration, but those really tough mountains--the ones that seem beyond our reach, but keep calling our names are the tough ones.
How do we prepare for a big climb, one that we know won't be easy, but one that we know will result in positive change and growth--the kind of mountain that begs your exploration--the mountain with the new view from the top, a view that will widen your experience and contribution with regard to living.
Yesterday I took a small forward step by using my time well to take me closer to the climb. I think that's part of a positive climbing plan: use time well and embrace activity that supports your preparation for the ascent.
Clear vision of what you will do and how you will do it also prepares one well for a challenge like this--you have to believe in the direction and have a clear vision of how you will get there.
The quiet and darker days of winter are good days to get strong for a spring, summer, or fall ascent. This is a good challenge for the days ahead. Onward.