Blind pursuit of power is a meaningless vice
– Amarant, Final Fantasy IX
It can be easy to focus on your goal, only to miss the point of why you are pursuing the goal to begin with. The word “power” in this quote could easily be substituted for “money,” “fame,” “prestige,” or even “knowledge.” Yes, it is important to be focused, but intention is essential to achieving the results you want.
If the reason why you are striving for something is forgotten, then it is time to stop and take a look at what you really want to accomplish. Don’t let yourself fall into a routine, mindlessly trudging forward, without asking yourself “is this what I really want?”
Getting Back On Track
So what do you do if you find yourself heading down the wrong path? Should you keep going, or speed up? All too often, we choose responses that only make our situation worse.
C.S. Lewis said this: “If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road, and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”
Now, it takes a fair amount of humility to admit you are wrong, and even more humility to make a change, but your progress in life may very well depend on it.
If you catch yourself heading aimlessly in life, take a moment to stop and find yourself again and then get clear on your purpose. I know how frustrating it can be when you want to see results from all your hard work, but without focus and direction, hard work is meaningless.
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