The Walking Mentorship, Day 5: Focus on the Change You Want to Become

The Walking Mentorship, Day 5: Focus on the Change You Want to Become
From Recruiter - September 2, 2016

Joo Perre Viana is the mastermind behind theWalking Mentorshipprogram, an innovative one-week experience that helps people face their personal andprofessionalchallenges while taking a120-kilometer (74.5-mile) hike alongthe Camino de Santiago.

The purpose of this methodology is to help gain perspective on what is important (both personally and professionally), update our reality maps, and create an action plan for the future, Viana says.

On Sunday, August 28, Viana embarked on his latest hike.Over the course of this week, he will be updating us daily about the journey he and his participants are on. Read the rest of the series:part 0,part 1,part 2,part 3, and part 4.- Ed. Note.

Today, we had towalk with one less companion. Our companionstwisted ankle was still swollen and hurt too much to allow any optimistic perspectivea sad day for our group, but also a challenge to make it better.

Leaving Prado was indeed a transitional experience. After our breakfast, we moved swiftly to reach the bridge of Taboada, built in the year 912, whichcrosses the Deza river.

Once we crossed to the other side, we realizedthat what still lay ahead of us was less than what we had walked already over the course of the weeka powerful metaphor foronesown life and existence.

Welived the first hours of the day in silence, crossing through beautiful oak and pine forests. It was a perfect setting to continue reflecting on the work we weredoing, supported by exercises that helped us recognize what really mattered in our professional and personal lives and leave behind the burdens we didnt need.

We made aquick stop in Silleda for coffee. The risingtemperature promised a difficult last stretch of the day, proving once again that there are no easy days. Just because we had fewerkilometers to walk, that didnt mean we had an easier lifeexcept for one aspect: Experience became a good friend, telling us when to stop, when to move forward, when to reach for water, and when to talk with a companion to help us keep going.

While we walked thelong asphalt sections of the trail, we closed our eyes to help us dream of better futures. Sometimes, we thought strategically about how to achieve our biggest goals. Other times, we though of more mundane thingslike a shower and a cold beer.

We passed the small village of O Foxo and continueduntil we reached Bandeira, home of another stop, where we got onemore coffee, a water refill, and a little hope from the locals who greeted us with Buen Camino (which literally means, Good path).

An inspiring 200-meter descent to Codeseira, Pieiro, and Castrovite announced the last stretch of the day. On the long straight road, we tried to keep ourselves from overheating. We passed through one more dense oak forest, and then we saw the cute little village of Dornelas and its beautiful church, our home for the day.


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