People who don’t watch their steps are the ones who actually go far off their course.
When you became independent of your parents and started earning, you had a clear vision of a healthy and happy life. At that point, you were excited about your early successes. You would see opportunity everywhere and begin to lay out your goals with great enthusiasm.
When people start working, their chief concern is earning as much money as possible. Even those who don’t quite worship money will readily appreciate the freedom that riches bring. Rich people can live their life the way they want to. Can’t they?
A few years down the lane, you may have achieved your goals. You might have made lots of money, but are you happy? Is this the life you wanted to live? Do you get to enjoy the things that you buy from your earnings? Most people who earn astronomical salaries can’t spare even one minute for themselves. They are slaves of their goals and toil day and night. Is this what you want to do with your life? If it isn’t, it is high time you refocused on your original goals.
While you will certainly want to be proud of your accomplishments, work pressure can kill your joy. Most people who run successful businesses also have huge debts which will force them to work harder and harder. Do they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor? Even if they do buy expensive things from their hard earned money, do they actually enjoy all that? The truth is that in most cases, they don’t. If you’re not happy, you’re not on the right path.
However, the fact that you are not on the right path shouldn’t make you feel discouraged. You should feel discouraged only when you’re totally blind to your misdirection. And when you realize your mistake, you only need to make an attempt to find your way back to your original path.
Here are a few things you should remember when setting goals.
Life can be unpredictable
Things don’t always go our way and every now and then, you will find yourself knocked off your course. But don’t lose heart. There are quite a few things that you can’t prevent, but that is fine. Such is life.
When setting goals in life, you should be able to foresee these ‘bumps in the road’. Otherwise, you will soon get discouraged. So make sure that you can take a few hits every now and then and still stay on the course.
Live within your means
Increasing your income will only solve half of your problems. You should also keep a tab on your expenses. Think twice before making a major purchase. Make sure that your income always exceeds your expenses. If you take too much debt, you will have to work twice as hard.
Growth can be difficult after you reach a certain level
Achieving early success is fairly easy. Many of us manage to accomplish our initial goals without much difficulty. But after your business or career reaches a certain level, further growth can be difficult. To squeeze all the growth potential out of a venture, you will have to put in more effort. If you can’t do that, you should learn to live ‘well’ within your means. In that case, you will not have to make this increase in effort.
Money isn’t everything. While it is certainly a topic most of us are interested in, people have got other goals as well. Some people, for example, are obsessed with health and fitness. Some others want to be famous or raise a family well. As times slips away, many of us forget these goals and settle for whatever that comes our way. If you feel that you are no longer on the right path, you should re-focus on your original goals. And when you begin to live life the way you would like to, you will start moving in the right direction all over again.