The first and the most easiest step after determining a path for your self is to talk and write about it. Everything at that time seem very easy and perfect and it becomes hard to control the enthusiasm and the urge to move forward from 'talking' to 'doing' . The practice becomes the second part where you gradually introduce yourself to all the pieces in the puzzle of your path. Its like allowing yourself to enter the cold water gradually. After this step you begin to think that you can envision it far and deep. But with time you realize the flaws of your perception and foresight.But I'm not talking about he processes involved in reaching your goal and I would concentrate on one aspect that made me feel something which is very important to share. Each and every claim we make and every word that we utter gets tested or tricked. The test/trick/trap may differ person to person but all these test have one thing in common and that is their ability to transfer pain into the most fragile aspect of yourself, the ability to HURT you, the ability to break your world by breaking your heart and they do know that what are you most sensitive about and what can be intensely painful for you. Do a favor to yourself in that test phase by living with that pain along with determination. This pain has the ability to make you negative. It would ask you to abandon your goal and do something negative like indulging into your own self or depending on any sort of addiction etc. Use this pain as a fuel for determination not for destruction and don't step back because I'm not stepping back.
If I can reuse to fall into the trap and if I have decided to face it then you can too and I completely trust that you will.
Remember, the one who allows pain to stay silently in his/herself and does not allow it to come out in any form of negativity is always blessed by the gift of Bravery and Chivalry does not necessarily mean tearing lion's jaw apart.