Having a vision is very important- It’s not enough to set targets alone. Targets and visions are both important where purposeful living is concerned. You need to know where you are going and how to get there. While vision allows you to see where you are going, setting daily targets enables you to plan how to get there. You also need to work out when you should get there, so time-management matters. When targets, visions, and time-management are integrated, this gives rise to a new term called “Project”. To be really happy in life, you must live a Project-filled life.
The advantage of living a Project-filled life is that it allows you to manage the abundant resources (both material and natural) you have and make something incredible out of it, while also providing time to have fun and relax with friends and family. The finiteness of one’s life makes virtually anything one does meaningless. But the fact that one truly possesses close to limitless potential to do unimaginable things shows that there’s so much we can do with our lives. And to accomplish such great feat, it is vital that we take advantage of all the resources we have, and know how to utilize them.
Living a Project-filled life does not only apply to authors, sportsmen or businessmen. An artist, musician, economist, engineer, lawyer, doctor, and scientist can live a project-filled life. Of course, the documentation and record of your work is important, it’s the transformation or the changes that take place (the difference between one point in time and a latter point in time) which truly matters. Between today and yesterday, is there a difference as to what you have accomplished? Have you gained more knowledge, acquired a skill, developed better ideas, or reinforced a weak wall?
Map out your life, but do it in writing and place it somewhere you can always see. It’s not okay to have a plan for your life; you also need to make that plan explicitly drawn out before executing it. It’s true that life is not rigid, and there may be some unforeseen events, constraints, and risks. You can always modify your laid-down plan along the way, as you come across these variables. But for the most part, you should strive as much as possible to meet the expectations of your set-plan as perfectly as possible, so that your resources will be effectively managed. That’s what discipline entails.
Without a laid-down plan, what you end up having are aspirations without executions; dreams without application. One of the easiest things to do in life is to fantasize and day-dream. And while it is somewhat straining and tasking to execute one’s laid-down plan, it is even more unpleasant to create a plan. The idea of creating a written or graphic plan can be unpleasantly overwhelming; we may find it stressful because a lot of reasoning and organization are involved. We deceive ourselves by thinking that we can get on with the plans created in our heads.
The truth about the plans created in our heads is that they are not strong. We may easily forget them when euphoric pleasures set in. They also do not inspire a sense of urgency. They allow us to procrastinate easily. What ought to be done on Monday is easily postponed to Friday. And the saddest part is that procrastination itself is an addictive behavior, so that the only occasion we feel pressured to undertake a task is when we perceive that doom, disaster, or trouble is imminent. So, we have the propensity to procrastinate until the last hour, which is indeed risky and wasteful.
There is no value in doing what you can do. The value lies in doing what you can’t do. The value lies in knowing what you haven’t known, learning what you haven’t learnt, building what you haven’t built, and defeating what you haven’t defeated. Each time we refuse to push beyond our limits, we settle within our comfort zone. And what most people do not realize about the comfort zone is that it is addictive, habit-forming, and insidiously harmful. It is the equilibrium point we must constantly avoid to return to. Our natural desire for comfort and safety works to drag us back to this state. Unconsciously, we drift back to our comfort zone, especially when we lose courage and perseverance. It’s quite insidious.
Whenever we sit down doing nothing, lie in bed, fantasize freely, quit working before the specified time, resort to gossiping and social networking, want easier tasks, or sleep at work, we are simply staying in our comfort zone. Often times, we do not realize the power of comfort zone because it is not an addictive pleasure that has gained much attention in the bailiwick of the Psychological science. The dangers are grossly underestimated. But if we want to accomplish meaningful goals, and surpass our limitations, we have to be prepared to get uncomfortable; settling in your comfort zone will never allow for the achievement of great feats.