Here’s a great line from the book, Happier, by Tal Ben-Shahar.
Goals communicate, to ourselves and to others, the belief that we are capable of overcoming obstacles. Imagine your life as a journey. You are walking, knapsack on your back, making good progress, until suddenly you reach a brick wall that stands in the way of reaching your destination. What do you do? Do you turn around, avoid the challenge posed by the barrier? Or do you take the opposite approach and throw your knapsack over the wall, thus committing yourself to finding ways of getting through, around, or over the wall?”
We set many goals, but how often do we turn around when faced with a barrier? I have never thought about doing what it takes to reach a goal in these terms before, but I like the image.
Don’t get me wrong, I am terrified just by the thought of throwing my stuff over a wall, unsure of how I will climb over to get it back. I guess that means I am not doing it enough.
I’d love to sit here and tell you this quote has motivated me to take a risk and throw my backpack over a wall, but that would be lying. Until I am faced with that situation, I don’t know how I will respond.
But the quote has made me think. And that has to be worth something, right? I hope it does the same for you.