I’ve been a passionate adventurer and thrill seeker ever since I was a kid. And one of my greatest pleasures has been skiing. When I was young and first learning the sport, I was taught about tree skiing – that is, how to safely and effectively move between clusters of trees. The core lesson is simple – DON’T focus on the trees, focus on the gaps. If you look at the trees you will HIT the trees, so look where you need to go and not at what you want to avoid.
This principle can certainly be applied to other areas of life. Of course there are going to be challenges. Of course there are going to be forces which will make the course difficult and accomplishing its goals hard. But what we focus on expands, so if we concentrate on the “trees,” they will remain in our way and perhaps even appear to grow. We must shoot through the gaps.
Think about your strengths, take positive action toward gaining that which you desire and believe that you deserve it. Visualize yourself succeeding. Don’t be afraid, don’t hesitate, and you too will make it through the tight spots, enjoy the thrill of navigating life’s “trees,” and find yourself in more open spaces.