“A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu
One of the most beautiful things which I did to myself this year is dropping all my goals, ambitions and plans. Dropping doesn’t mean I am going to be lazy. It just means that am going get involved in the moment, right now, fully without worrying or planning much about what I should be doing and what I should be aiming.
What I have understood by having goals and achieving them is this.
- While I am working towards a goal, I am anxious. I am worried about success and failures (even though I embrace failures). I still have to make contingency plans. If I do not have a plan B, I suffer more from anxiety. ‘Burn your escape boats’ – strategy did not work for long.
- If I reach my goal. I feel like, “It’s not this”. I feel like, “It doesn’t feel so great as I thought it would be”. All I do next is, write down another goal which is tougher and higher and start pushing myself everyday to reach that, which increases anxiety inturn.
So what if I just drop all my goals. Then the first question which hits my head is “What if I turn out to be a failure?” then I said to myself, wait a second. If you do what you are doing right now with full involvement and commitment, will you end up as a failure? Hell No! I would actually be successful in my career or whichever path I am in.
Going goal-less is helping me to declutter my life. I can easily remove distractions out of my day. I can simply ask what is that important thing which I have to do now and I just involve in it completely with joy. In the process, I have learned that every kind of work has joy in it when it is done well with complete involvement.
So many years have passed by having outrageous goals. Let me live goal-less for a year and see where I end up.
Any place is beautiful and full-filling, if we are there completely.