A group of friends once made a trip together. On the way to their destination, they saw someone standing with a backpack on a desert crossroads. Seven days later, on their way home, they encountered the same person with the backpack standing on the same desert crossroads in the hot sun. The group of friends asked the backpacker, "Why are you standing here?"
"I want to go to Jerusalem," responded the backpacker. "I'm waiting for a ride."
"How long have you been waiting?" they asked.
"More than a week," he answered.
They laughed. "Jerusalem's only a two-day walk from here. If you'd have started walking, you could have been there and back four times already!"
Many of us want to change, yet we expect it to happen automatically, with no effort on our part. Life doesn't work that way. An old Hebrew expression says, "Even a journey of a thousand kilometers begins with a first step."
Don't be afraid - go ahead and take that first step up your personal mountain. Step by step, you'll get to the top.