“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.”
― Edward Whymper, Scrambles Amongst the Alps
Any lofty goal worth striving for requires a healthy measure of courage, strength and prudence. Courage and strength provide the necessary power, while prudence ensures the right application of that power. Great explorers throughout human history understood this principle to varying degrees, and those who didn’t tended to pay for the imprudence with their lives or the lives of others, typically before reaching their goal.
This principle applies to the accomplishment of any aim. It is important to remember that every aspect of your life is related to every other. Every decision you make counts. It matters not if the questions at hand seem unrelated to your larger goal; your life is unitary.
Take care with each and every step. Don’t rush toward the goal, no matter if it is far off or in sight. Make sure that you are using the very best foot and handholds available to you. Keep your perspective; don’t let longing overtake reason or the fear of not arriving supplant your courage and strength.
Stay the course and you will eventually arrive at your destination in one piece!