Footprints in the Sand Show there are options

I went hiking in the beautiful Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas with my husband, Yves and his best friend who was visiting from Paris. At Red Rock, there are tons of hikes and trails of various degrees of difficulty and on this beautiful day, we chose a mid-level 2.5 mile hike.  The trail we took, ended up not really being a trail at all.  There were boulders, rocks, sand, and a general direction to follow but no specific path.  In fact at every turn, there were several options to choose from to get to the top of this ridge.  We could go straight up, take a zig zag route, or climb up this boulder and go around that one.  The whole time, I kept seeing footprints of people who had gone before me. By seeing these footprints, I never felt like I was straying off the path.  I trusted the footprints.  At some point, I didn't even know how the trail would end – until I met some hikers coming down with some encouraging words.  "You're almost there, and the view of Las Vegas is spectacular!"

Yves and Bruno occasionally suggested ways to navigate the path, (translation – they were telling me where I should go).  I think they wanted me to be careful and take the easiest routes possible.  I actually felt pretty good that I chose the paths that worked for me – knowing the footprints would get me to where I wanted to go. 

We did make it – different paths, but we made it.  I admit that the trail was actually VERY difficult in some places, but I persevered and it felt awesome when we were done.  

While Yves and Bruno were having their own conversation (in French) I was in my own world.  I was looking at the footprints, grateful that they were guiding my path.  I wondered who were these people that are now helping me get to the lookout.  Then it dawned on me, there are all kinds of successful people who have gone before me who, by their footprints, are showing me that their path is an option.  It also reminded me that there are many paths to success, especially since everyone has their own definition of success.   But knowing that people have gone before me gives me courage, hope and inspiration.  It also makes me want to reach out to people and ask them:

1. What path to success did you choose to take and why?

2. What did you do when your 'boulder' was too big – what route did you take to get through the obstacle?

3. What would you do differently now that you are where you are?  Are you grateful for the path you took and are taking or, given a chance would you have taken another path?

My success tip for you today is to know that there are lots of different paths to take.  Have faith that someone, somewhere has probably left footprints to help guide you along the way.  Your job is to decide what path is going to work for you.

From your grateful follower of amazing footprints that came before me, Marilyn Sherman



Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at

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  1. Well written, motivational speaker Marilyn! My boulders were always my mindset, and I'm grateful for all of them as they taught me what I most needed to learn.

  2. I love this post. Am going to share it right now. I have been blessed to have so many footprints to walk in – including YOURS Marilyn! And I love how they all intersect. It's not about who's ahead – it's about which step we take next. Thanks for reminding me that this path is mine and nobody else's.

  3. Many motivational speakers can tell us what we SHOULD do, but I love it when ones like you show us how YOU made the discovery.  VERY well said, Marilyln.  Off to share now!

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