All right. I have been thinking about this for a long time. I have read about successful people who knew what they wanted to do since they were four and about equally successful people who had no idea till they were fourty.
There doesn’t seem to be a fixed answer to this question. In fact I don’t think there are only two ways about it. Its not like you either have a plan or you don’t. There is a lot of grey here.
So what is it then? What is my conclusion? Well it’s like this:
- Don’t think too much about making a plan. If you can, well and good; if you can’t, don’t beat yourself for it, just do what you think is best in the moment. But how do you decide what’s best? See point 2.
- Always be ware of comfort. Whether you have a plan or not if you are too comfortable with yourself, your life and your work, you should probably do something to change that.
This second point is not an argument against luxury or materialistic comforts. Nor is it strictly for “life goals” only. It is more like a guiding principle to take small and large decisions in life. If it makes you uncomfortable, scares you a little, excites you a little, it’s probably a good thing. In fact remember all the stories you ever tell, it’s always about something that made you uncomfortable at first.
Well that’s it, I think a book can be written on this, there are several nuances, but you get the point.