An established way to a predetermined peak.
Steps are a kind of path.
That lead upwards.
Though when used in a Metaphoric sense it almost always means up.
Up always means particular. Each mountain top is separated from all others.
Steps toward a goal is a moving away from general into a particular.
Before you can take steps you must select a goal. A peak which you hope to get to.
Steps also imply an established way.
Steps imply incremental progress of increasing difficulty.
I took steps to get my dream job. I did not create the steps, I discovered them or uncovered them with the help of people who have traveled up and down the mountain.
Choose a peak. Find the travellers who have climbed higher that you have. Uncover the steps.
The first step is to choose a peak.
Ps: you can only ever scale one mountain at a time.
Thank you for the reminder of only being able to scale one mountain at a time. It’s an important lesson (and so easy to forget when wanting to do it ALL.)