Goals are interesting things.
Often they are arbitrary in their nature, just a means to an end, or rather a distraction.
Just things to keep one busy.
It is not uncommon for people to play a finite game and set goals that take them sideways in life, rather than forwards.
Perhaps because what they are aiming for is not of their own volition.
Instead of goals, wouldn’t it be novel if people did things based on their passion, desire or as some call it, the infinite game.
Those who tend to do this are the ones who just do what needs to be done.
You’ll find there is no distraction, just action.
A great many these ways will find things to stop them having to face real life as it were.
This happens year to year until eventually father time has almost run out and then they say things such as “I would have achieved this if is wasn’t for that.” or “If I had X, I would have gotten Y.” and maybe even “If I knew then what I knew now.” or other classics to justify their mundane life.
Not that this is necessarily a bad way to live, after all not everyone can see their own limitations and either do what needs to be done to keep moving forwards or admit that perhaps a different course of action is better.
If you look at the people who we can call successful you will see that they are not always what you expect.
They didn’t always have the best start, all the resources they needed, any of the desired opportunities and much more, however they are often the ones who stuck it out for the long haul and after years of paying their dues were finally rewarded.
Look at people in education.
They go to school, college, uni, then go on to doing further degrees, masters, PHD’s or similar, then end up not getting the position they want for a lack of experience, usually because they chose to stay distracted from the real world and accepting that to finish with not only all the bells & whistles, also experience they’d have to struggle, and I mean really struggle by working for a pittance in the field they want toe excel in so that when they came out the other end of the grinder they’d hit the ground running.
You’d be surprised how many will always have reasons as to why they didn’t achieve, yet very few ever look at what needs to be done, perhaps because their goals are arbitrary distractions, or worse, not even their own.
To find your own drive, your own passion.
That is the infinite game.
The one that will have you moving forwards, not sideways or in a circle on the spot.
It’s never easy to accept that things are often harder before they are better, especially when ‘harder’ isn;t a short term thing, it’s something that often lasts decades and even lifetimes.
Which will you be?
Will you create distractions to keep you busy or will you face the real challenge?
Just some food for thought.