Only those who risk going
too far can possibly find out how far one can go
-T.S. Eliot


"The last of human freedoms: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way -Viktor Frankl

When you build a house, the first place you think you would start is with the foundation. While this is true in some sense, it isn’t the first step but rather the second. The first step is to survey the plot of land where the foundation is being built. In our analogy, this survey is a gut check. It is sitting with your vision and reality of what you are about to undertake. You must absorb this and wait a minute to jump in. Once you understand the gravity, you will be on sound footing. It is important to note here that you are not waiting to talk yourself out of it. Don’t fall into that trap. It’s the time you need to take before you break the dirt and understand there is no going back. Once this is reverently thought about, you can start laying the foundation.

Your foundation is your Purpose. It’s the ‘why’ you are doing what you are doing. I am here to tell you that you must be deeply convinced about your “why,” or your foundation will crack. Your purpose must be solid. If the foundation cracks, it crumbles. A firm foundation ensures that a house doesn’t move and that it remains firm. Firm regardless of what is being built on top of it or what storms batter the structure. If the winds come and blow the house away, what remains? The foundation.

You can always rebuild if the foundation is solid.

Your foundation for the dream you are about to build needs meticulous attention in your mix. Before you start laying the foundation and stacking your dreams on top of it, the mix has to solid. It must include one part hope, three parts reason, and five parts burning, definite desire. Ignore the numbers, but the ratios are important. Let’s start with the hope part of the mix. 

Without hope, all is lost and is never found. Viktor Frankl, an Auschwitz survivor, said, “The last of human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way .” You must choose to include hope, in the mix.

Now, add all your heartfelt reasons for your ambitious endeavor , and then mix it with your burning definite desire. Now you have developed a solid foundation that will withstand anything. This foundation is now your Purpose, and it needs to be written down somewhere where you can see it daily. A firm foundation will not be shaken easily