The above quote might seem like a simple and very obvious statement, but in my opinion it conveys at lot more than might initially meet the eye. This quote is speaking about the importance of goals, and it leaves a lot to the imagination when it talks about the consequences of not having clearly defined goals ("any road").
Would you want to walk any path? This quote doesn't spell out in full details what sort of path you might end up on if you don't know your destination. You can fill in those details yourself.
We all have different lives and viewpoints, and so the paths we would want to avoid look different for all of us. But imagine leaving your life to absolute chance...
Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.
If you don't know where you are going, you'll 99.9% of the time end in a destination that's not quite what you like, to say the least. We've all heard the metaphor of life being like a journey - and this is an area where it is definitely so. Just like a journey, a successful life requires planning and deliberacy.
That doesn't mean you have to have your life down to the last details. Even if you did, unexpected events happen and things don't always turn out the way we imagine in it our heads. Nevertheless, you should have some ideas. Start at the high level. Know what your values are, and what, when you look back years later, would make you feel satisfied. Know the general direction of where you are going.
To go through life with no sense of direction or desire is equivalent to signing up for misery. If you don't personally navigate your life, other people will try to steer you in the direction that works for them. It will happen. Life makes us move. If you don't choose a direction, people will push you in one.
What is your creative vision for your life?
I think it is super important that we all have a creative vision for our lives.. Get excited about your future plans and aspirations...that's the joy of living. A creative vision outlines where you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years. And don't cheat yourself here. Imagine the best situation for yourself. But also make a clear note of how you intend to get there.
When we think of someone having confidence and character, it often has a lot to do with the fact that they know where they are going in life. They know the direction they want to be heading in, the sort of people they want to surround themselves with, and the kinds of behaviours they will not tolerate from themselves or others.
By approaching everyday life with a sense of purpose and deliberacy, you show yourself a great deal of respect. Such self respect is lost when you live with no regard for the future, when you habitually make decisions for a short-term gain without any consideration of the long-term consequences.
The quote 'If you don't know where you're going, anywhere will get you there" is essentially a warning. It's a warning that you need to start off with purpose, or else you'll suffer later on down the road. Each and every one of us needs to start off with purpose. Don't leave your life to chance by making no plans of your own and willingly surrendering your life to the influence of just whomever happens to pass by.
Knowing where you are going is a good defence against misguided individuals who don't really know where they are going. Your life is a game of offence and defence. Knowing where you are going not only sets you up for excellence - it serves as a huge protection against danger and an unfulfilling lifestyle.
Adopt an active approach to life, not a passive one.
Know where you are going, and make sure it's someplace good.
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