“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal.” -Jim Rohn
The underpinning of the twelve billion dollar personal development industry is goal setting. Set a goal, reach a goal, set a new goal, reach that goal, rinse, repeat till rich then repeat till fulfilled then repeat until enlightened. Is everyone’s goal then to have no goals? There is no spoon. The luxury of having goals beyond simple survival is a relatively recent development in human history. For the overwhelming majority of humanity the daily struggle for food, shelter and safety from harm pretty much occupies all of their waking hours. However these folks are not the ones reading sophomoric quasi-philosophical musings on a wordpress blog. For the extreme minority who have the capacity to entertain these thoughts perhaps we should start in gratitude. Be grateful for the ability to join the pursuit, the pursuit of what is mostly irrelevant. Whether you are pursuing, love, happiness, success or wealth, the sheer privilege of being able to pursue such things already places you in the upper echelons of the 7 billion+ inhabitants of this planet.
So should we all just sit in a circle and sing folk songs and offering thanks for the fact that we don’t need to combat dysentery and famine on a daily basis? No absolutely not. Simply acknowledge your good fortune then get to work. We have a responsibility to become successful, as successful as humanly possible. We have all of the tools at our disposal to develop ourselves in every capacity, mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually and every other -ally you can think of. To squander the gifts of time and potential is an obscenity so profane that it is painful to dissect. Every day is an opportunity to grow, to be more than we were yesterday, to be better in some way. Whatever your goals may be, realize that it is your solemn responsibility to attain those goals. Whatever it is you are seeking, go get it. An ancient Roman emperor figured it out long ago, The obstacle in the path becomes the path.