Without a goal, which direction is forward?
“Forward direction” and “moving forward” have meaning only in relationship to a goal.
Side to side motion, stepping back and turning around could become forward motions once we describe the forward motion as movements that help you reaching specific goals.
A driver trying to reach a destination within a given time frame, changing lanes to avoid an accident seems like a side to side motion. When that side to side motion helps reach the destination in time, it translates to a forward movement.
The same driver wasting time in side streets is not moving forward.
Motions have meaning in relation to goals.
What happens if a driver is unable to change lane and only move forward?
He cannot avoid obstacles in the road, hits them and at the very least delays reaching his destination and worse completely misses it.
Moving directly toward an obstacle that sits in the middle of the road that leads to your destination is not a forward motion if you consider forward motions as steps that help you reach your goal. Changing lanes without a reason and visiting endless side streets does not help either.
In wellness and fitness, as well as other aspects of life, every thought, every feeling, every action including exercises and foods could be an obstacle in the middle of the road as easily as they can be a tool that helps you.
Planning a path toward a fitness or wellness begins with clarifying both the emotions and thoughts that form that goal. Reaching that goal requires an awareness of obstacles in the middle of the road and moving around them.
Instead, I often see how individuals spend ours on various program with vague ideas of goals. They also fail to recognize upcoming obstacles and drive right into them spending valuable time recovering from the failed attempt and the injury.
Sometimes they never fully recover and have to deal with a chronic condition resulting from their inability to change course.
The swings in weight gain and muscle gain, shoulder injuries, back pain and knee pain are a few typical examples of directly running into the clear obstacles in the road instead of being aware of them and going around them.
Disappointing results many times is not the consequence of the lack of effort. Instead, they relate to misapplication of effort.
Stepping back and reevaluating our position when efforts do not produce the intended results could also be a forward motion. A complete turn around when our thoughts, feeling and actions get us into a dead end street is also a necessary forward action.
Forward direction and moving forward have meaning only in relationship to a goal.
Without a clear goal, it is not possible to judge an action until we take it and face its consequences.
A common name for the process of judging the actions after we face their consequences is trial and error. It is a very slow and costly process. Often trial and error is also unnecessary if we go through a process of planning using existing and proven planning templates.
Time passes without clear goals and life becomes mere existence without goals inflamed by the fire of passion.
Choosing not to plan when lack of planning has repeatedly prevented us from reaching our goals is heading right into an upcoming obstacle in the road.
Spending the energy or our thoughts, our emotions and our actions to continue running our lives without a plan is a misapplication of effort.
These same, mental, emotional and physical energies can be magnetized by a goal and focused through the process of planning.
In both cases you spend energy, the difference is in the results you gain and how those results impact your life.