If we don’t know where we’re going, we’re just floating. It’s OK to float and smell the roses, it’s also OK to smell the roses on our way to a destination.
The difference is that when we have a destination, even if this changes later, it’ll prevent us from circling around a rose garden until we realise smelling all the roses isn’t fulfilling — In fact, we’re sick of the smell of roses.
It’s incredibly easy to feel lost when we don’t actually have a destination that we’re going towards. And the problem might be that we just don’t know yet. If that’s the case, the best thing to do is to go after our interests one by one until we find the thing. However if we do know, we must use that knowledge.
Having a guiding star, a piece of truth to hold on to, something to wake up and dedicate the days work towards — that’s how we avoid procrastination, that’s how we avoid feeling lost.
Having a small but substantial goal for the day that you set the previous night is a powerful way to get through the days work. However, that only works on the micro level.
On the macro level, it’s extremely useful to have an overarching goal that you can pin up on your wall to remind yourself of where you intend to go.
This is such an incredibly powerful reminder that I’d put it everywhere.
- On your wall
- On your phones lock screen
- The background of your computer
Because when you remind yourself, things start to become clear. You’re able to reverse engineer how to get to your destination and you’re able to eliminate procrastination in a more holistic way.
A very practical side effect of this reminder is the sheer ease of decision making that comes with it.
If you’re unsure simply ask, “Is this bringing me closer to my goal?”
The answer will lead you in the right direction.
And you don’t need to obsessively do this for it to be effective. No, eating that cake isn’t going to bring you closer to your overarching fitness goal, but like we said before, smell the roses and have fun. We’re only human.
Rose gardens affect all of us — from businesses focusing on the wrong things, to someone forgetting that their high paying job was a means to an end. There are too many things out there that are either distracting, fun, or just not related to what we want.
Businesses have mission statements to keep them on track. And these businesses, in a literal sense, are not real beings.
You’re a human being. You eat, you breathe, you laugh and sometimes cry.
You are real.
If a business can have a mission statement, a guiding star, a goal, or a destination to keep them on track — so can you.
So what’s your mission statement?
If you can answer that, you’re already halfway there.
And if you’re in the process of figuring it out, you’re about to have a lot of fun on your way to finding it.
Best of luck,