I have friends that pay big money for professional guidance. Some of this pricey guidance is of the professional nature, some is physical training and other is personal development and lifestyle enhancement. Sometimes their trainers are highly educated but most of the time the coach/trainer/guru's experience was garnered from first-hand experience in the trenches.
It is human nature to seek the secret to success, a quick fix diet or a shortcut to true enlightenment. In truth, the secret takes much work to unearth. No doubt it is easier to persevere with a cheerleader on the sideline, or a coach shouting in your ear, but in the end you must get there on your own power, energy and determination.
When I was a little girl and the fresh snow was deep I would try to follow in my big sister's footsteps, but inevitably I would be forced to make my own tracks in the snow. Her stride was longer than mine and it was difficult to match her progress step for step. Besides, sometimes I chose to take on the big drifts and icy patches my way.
Support is wonderful and guidance is good as long as it does not block our personal North Star and lead us astray from the divine course of our life.
Be bold and make fresh tracks in the snow.