"A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance." - Hunter S. Thompson
How many of us take the time to think about the path we're on?
We spend so much time doing things, but such little time thinking about why we do what we do.
There must be some psychological reason for this aversion to self-reflection.
Maybe it's just mental laziness, or even apathy. It's also daunting to question the way we're living, because what if we don't like the answers?
But I'm worried about lacking a clarity of vision. If we don't know where we want to go, how do we know if we're taking the right steps?
Then again, I'm wary of defining goals that are too rigid. Our desires, circumstances, and intentions can change dramatically from week to week. If we set our goals in stone, that might put too much pressure on ourselves to pursue something that we might not ultimately want.
It seems like a lot of successful and accomplished people didn't necessarily set out to do what they ended up doing. They worked hard and had powerful experiences, but they also let some degree of serendipity guide them.
Vinod Khosla, a famous entrepreneur and venture capitalist, advises others to "be obstinate about your vision, but flexible with your tactics."
Although this advice is targeted to other entrepreneurs, I think each of us can apply it to our lives.
We should define our vision and pursue it with determination. At the same time, we must remain flexible enough to adapt to change and unforeseen circumstances.
And it's not enough to just define our vision. We have to check in with ourselves constantly to make sure that we're on the right track. It's so easy these days to get caught up in distractions. Our vision is like a radio station, and the signal becomes less clear the longer we go without reflecting.