on Google, this is attributed to Confucius, but also to a Romanian proverb.
As an example, have you ever had someone throw two things to you? How many times do you look back and forth between the objects trying to figure out which one to catch? By the time you have decided, how often is it too late?
On the other hand, if you decide up front that you will try to catch both of them at the same time, how well does that work for you? Yes, there are people with that talent. But most of us do not. In both cases, we usually miss both objects.
If we make a firm decision to catch one of them, it is usually pretty easy to grab it. But if part way through the arc of travel, we change our mind, it’s going to be a lot harder. And it might be worth the effort if you recognize the other item is a priceless family heirloom, right?
We are often ‘stuck’ in analysis paralysis, and that has to stop. We will almost never have all the information we need to make a perfect decision. We must do our best to find out what we can, and then decide. Yes, we need to monitor things, and make sure we notice any signs of trouble.
This is a picture my daughter made concerning my indecision. I learned that sometimes, a lot of times, I can’t figure out the best thing to do, so I get up and go. If it’s the wrong path, that will show itself soon, then I can try again.
My goal number 1 for the trip I start on January 1st, 2016 is to go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, every foot on foot.
- it’s attainable
- it’s worthwhile
If I attach to many strings to it, it could become overwhelming to me and then I would be forced to change the Goal.
The “Goal” for the 2016 Journey is simple.
- every foot, on foot, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean
Everything else are plans, or things to do
- raising awareness
- pushing the stroller
- any time limit
- alone or not
I may have to change the plan, but hopefully not the goal.