“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”Leonardo da Vinci
There’s an expression, ‘two steps forward, one step back’, that’s difficult to feel the depths of until you’ve felt the frustration being one step back.
Some days my goals feel like a plane strapped to my shoulders and I’m shoving with all my might to make a few steps forward.
It’s worth asking yourself, when you are metaphorically (or physically) pulling, lifting and otherwise maneuvering a heavy object, whether or not you actually want too in the first place.
Not every goal we have is our own. Some come from our culture, like buying a new car. Some come from our parents or our childhood, like meeting an expectation that they never could themselves. And some even come from other people, who pitch their goals so well you want in too. Not only if these are bad. Inspiration can lead us to new directions and a life we never dreamed of. But we need to make sure it’s something we want for ourselves (and ultimately the world) too.
Pulling a goal is hard; Pulling one you don’t even like is worse. Because what if you succeed and don’t like where you end up?
Pulling a goal that yours though is worth every drop of blood, tears and sweat though.
Any doubt in yourself and you stop moving. Negative thoughts are always try to get in the way. If it’s your goal – truly your goal – then it’s worth it. The only way forward is to not stop. If we stop, we rust. An inch one day. Nothing the next. A slight turn that felt impossible. A step backwards the next. Every effort counts. It all adds up to your story and your impact on my story.
The people who make it furthest in life with their dreams and pursuits are the ones who don’t stop. (Or maybe the ones too dumb to stop. :P)
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #705