If you can’t see your destination of your goal, you definitely will feel very difficult to stay focused on achieving a goal. Many barricades will often block your view and make you lose sight of your goals. It’s a reason that many people have to detour off a chosen path.
In reality, what really matters is the knowledge that you know where you are, what your next step is, knowing where we are going and what lies directly in front of us. What matters is the path we are on.
If, as we travel along our path we take care of what the immediate steps, the ones we can see directly in front of us, then we will stay on track and move in the right direction.
It could be compared to driving cross-country from California to New York in the dark. All you pretty much see is that twenty or so yards in front of you - what you head lights allow you to see. You follow the map, and follow the signs, but the only way to get there is to drive those few yards at a time. First you travel the first few years, then the next, and so on. Barring no obstacles one will eventually arrive at their destination.
Naturally, one barrier that can keep us from arriving at the destination is not having a plan. Developing a plan on how to get from point A to point B helps one pay attention to the signs around us. It helps us gauge where we are compared to where we want to be. Without a plan are not to very likely to get
So it is with life...
Those without a plan usually fail to arrive at the destination they really want to be at.
Failure to pay attention to the warning signs is another barrier. Following a road map or chosen path explicitly can also lead to devastating results
Perhaps you heard the story about a couple who blindly followed their new Mercedes GPS system and didn't pay attention to the "road closed" sign. The couple drove their car off a washed out bridge. Apparently they aren't alone. There was a story last year in the Times of London that reported drivers were following their GPS directions right into a river.
Distraction is another obstacle that trips up many people. It's easy to get distracted by the scenery around us, and detour off our chosen path. Having a firm destination helps us handle the detours that may arise.
A missile will not head straight to its target. It is constantly making adjustments as it travels through the air to its destination. It has an internal guidance system that guides it towards its destination. An internal guidance system allows us to stay focused on the path before us, but still allows us to know what our destination is.
A traditional Zen tale reminds us of how we can lose sight of the path by focusing too much on the destination. In the tale, a young student asks his master how long it would take him to find Zen if he worked very hard. The master replied, "Ten years."
The young student is obviously disappointed that it would take so long. So he then asks, "What if I really apply myself and work very hard? How long would it take then?"
The master replied "Twenty years."
"But, if I really, really work at it. How long will it take me then?" asked the student.
"Thirty years," replied the Master.
The disappointed student then said. "I don't understand. Why will it take me longer if I work harder?
Wisely, the master replied, "When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path."
Some success coaches will tell us that keeping your eyes focused on the goal is important. Others teach us that the path we travel is most important. I say they are both important and that the trick is to keep a balance.
If you have paid attention to the signs around you, and have followed your road map, or plan, you will get to your destination!