“Let all your efforts be directed to something, let it keep that end in view. It’s not activity that disturbs people, but false conceptions of things that drive them mad.” -Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind, 12.5
You’re suited up ready for action, ready to level up. You can see your target it’s locked in. You charge towards it, Boom It was an ambush and now there is no way out.
When motivation is high, when we’re ready to level up and our emotions are high, we need to steady ourselves, go back to the war room and check the battle plan.
The quest ahead has many paths, each one will have a different outcome, a different fate, you need to plan all the way to the end, plan for a twist of fate, What obstacles lie in the way?
Can you protect the downside?
What happens if you succeed?
Two Frogs lived together in a marsh. But one hot summer the marsh dried up, and they left it to look for another place to live in: for frogs like damp places if they can get them. By and by they came to a deep well, and one of them looked down into it, and said to the other, “This looks a nice cool place. Let us jump in and settle here.” But the other, who had a wiser head on his shoulders, replied, “Not so fast, my friend. Supposing this well dried up like the marsh, how should we get out again?” Fables – Aesop
Suppose you’re on a quest for business What happens if your product does not sell, Or your business partner turns out to be a foe and screws you over.
Suppose you want to be a physique competitor. Have you taken into account all those workouts, what about eating all that food on your bulk, or cutting it all out on your cut?
You’re going to have followed your trainer’s instructors and live a very restrictive lifestyle until the competition.
You’re looking to level up your life – No one said it would be easy
Confragosa in fastigium dignitatis via est. “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness – Seneca
It’s going to be a rough road but planning all the way to the end you can plan for these obstacles when they appear they have less effect on you because you were expecting them.
Planning to the end lets you know when you are done or when you have gotten off track.
Say you just wanted to earn more money.
How would you know when you’ve earnt enough?
You wouldn’t, you would be consumed with earning more and more and you would be swallowed up by greed and never truly happy because there would never be enough money.
Now say you want to earn enough money so that you become financially free so you can spend more time with your children.
Once you start spending more time at work and never see your kids it’s a pretty good indicator that you have gotten off track.
In planning till the end – it’s important to look past the present moment Cast your emotions aside and look deep into the future.
Can you handle it?