“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. – Henry David Thoreau
Maybe you have noticed a transformation.
Perhaps you are gaining a sense of this. Feeling its tug. An awareness of gravity.
How the mass of your collective thoughts, words and deeds have led you to this instant.
Impacting someone. Making something. Leading somewhere.
For they all matter. And even now, both they – and you – are still being shaped.
Taking all that you have been up to now – and making you into what you are to become.
The embodiment of all that is the best in you; character, excellence, perseverance and leadership.
Your intentions finally and irrevocably becoming reality.
A convergence of age, ability, experience. The confluence of discipline, desire and dreams.
In something altogether new. That will stand alone. That will never happen precisely in this fashion ever again.
Long ago, each of you entertained the smallest germ of a thought. A glimmer of a dream.
In that moment, you decided.
You chose a destination.
A path was needed. Direction determined. A pace to be set.
You let go. Abandoned yourself for one another. Subservient for a greater good. Exerting the will to expend yourself in all aspects of your being.
Succumbing to a level of self discipline that ultimately created this extraordinary circumstance.
Creating a singular vision, originating from a common perspective.
“The soul attracts that which it secretly harbours; that which it loves; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; … and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.” James Allen
What your souls harbor is especially important right now.
For as I speak, what you have always wanted is right there. In your path. Within reach.
The allure of what lay just ahead may be tempting. You might want to peek. To veer left a little. Or to the right. To get up on tippy toes to take a gander. To peer over the top.
Yet you must not stray.
To look ahead is to leave this moment.
Lifting one’s gaze up, around or under will skew your trajectory.
A change in perspective will reduce focus. Obfuscate vision. Dissipate intention. Impede effort. Foster missteps.
You could lose sight of your path.
Distractions are apt to be abundant. Self induced. Born of doubt. Fear. Expectation. Anticipation.
Yet focus is not meant to exist in the absence of distractions. It is a trait intended to exist in spite of them.
So just as you chose this path, you must now decide to maintain focus.
To honor your vision regardless of the situation. Committing to preserve that most singular and proper perspective.
To abide by the very essence of discipline.
Expending unparalleled levels of effort and persistence. Exerting uncommon character and leadership. Aspiring to the highest standards of attitude and attention.
To finish. To relentlessly pursue excellence.
By setting a tone that rings true to your vision alone.
Converging on your path.
In this stand alone moment.