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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step

There's something to be admired about a person who has dreams and aspirations. It means they've discovered their purpose, or at least what they feel is their purpose in life. With that understanding comes a journey that is driven by the end goal in mind. What writing teaches you is you must know where you're going to understand how you will begin. If you take the time to look within yourself you'll discover how much strength and courage you'll develop as you take the journey of a thousand miles which begins with one step.

Friends are there to encourage and inspire
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The popular quotation by Lao-tzu is "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step", a more correct translation from the original Chinese would be "The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet." Rather than emphasizing the first step, Lau Tzu regarded action as something that arises naturally from stillness. Another potential phrasing would be "Even the longest journey must begin where you stand." [note by Michael Moncur, September 01, 2004] according to the Quotations Page.

Within any friendship its important to be that person who can encourage someone to go after their dreams. You are not there to only tell them what they want to hear or encourage them when it is not honest but be that kind of friend who can encourage someone at pivotal times in their life. The worst kind of friend is a 'dream killer', the one who tells you you can't or never will amount to doing what you've always wanted to do.

When you have a will to do something you'll manage to make a way. That's why spirituality comes into play in most success stories. What most successful people have learned is you can't always be the captain of your own ship when you have a monumental task to accomplish.When the journey seems overwhelming or even impossible your best asset is found in a little leap of faith.

Best friends can help each other stay focused on their goals and their faith. Each one can take their own journeys and share what they've learned along the way to help them stay faith filled. Faith is a very powerful ally used by those who recognize without it there is nothing. But where do you find faith? Where is faith most powerful? Within a relationship with God.

The most common denominator in most journeys of great success is believing in something no one can see and understanding that as long as you continue in a forward direction the outcome will lead to the manifestation of a goal once only realized within the contexts of your mind, heart, and spirit.

Within your friendship the best thing you could ever do is be the best cheerleader, the one who can inspire, and the person who believes in someone so much that they never lose sight of how important it is to keep their eyes on the prize and follow the dream God put in their heart. Always remember that dreams are just goals waiting to be fulfilled and good friends help map out the plan.