The problem with the human condition is that we spend more time preparing and pondering setting all of our goals than we do actually completing them. Its awesome really, its exhilarating to know that we as people want to accomplish so much. The problem lies in whether after such heavy deliberation we have enough left in the tank to carry out those goals.
Just imagine getting in the car to go out somewhere just to find out you don’t have enough gas to get where you’re going. If you keep going you’ll eventually run out of gas and probably run into more trouble. You also may decline going altogether because perhaps you were running low on time and having to stop at a gas station would be too inconvenient. Either way, we don’t always prepare as perfectly as we hope. As a result, we run into unexpected issues. Issues we don’t often see coming. Unfortunately, situations like these happen and if we tallied up just how often they occurred we would probably consider a new perspective.
What new perspective should we adopt? First of all, accept that mistakes will happen. Then, instead of going crazy over each and every possibility of things going wrong, take your time and make short “baby steps” towards the right direction. The destination alone should never be more important than the collection of events within your entire journey. Reaching your destination or completing your goals should be viewed as an added bonus, as opposed to being the sole purpose.
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The end, destination, or purpose is just a part in the whole process. Therefore, a fixation on whether you can achieve the end goal denies the value in the other parts that make up the whole process. However, these other parts should not be overlooked or downplayed.
Look at it this way, you may or may not reach your destination. However, even if you don’t there are experiences you go through along your journey that otherwise would not have took place. As someone once told me, “experience fathers learning.” If you don’t attempt to reach your goal there is nothing new to learn and that’s exactly what you’re left with. Nothing. No changes, no experiences, no new anything. Now I may not know you personally and I may not know what it is exactly that you want, but one thing is for certain, there is always SOMETHING that you want. Nothing is never an option for ANY human being.
So since we can agree that we all want more than nothing, we must be able to see our pursuits as more like a tree that always bears fruit. As we go on there will be more and more to offer us regardless of the end result, but if we don’t continue to feed our pursuits with adequate attention we cannot grow.
We live on a stream of progression. Taking our time helps that progression run smooth and constant. This allows us to better visualize the path that lies ahead. Any goal or adventure takes time, and we can only go the speed in which we are capable. Pushing past our limits causes us to fatigue and disturbs the flow of the stream of progression. In order to prevent that disturbance I strongly suggest that you take your time because on a mission consistency is more important than speed. Growth is more important than the end.