Thursday, September 20, 2012

You Don't Need to Have Lofty Goals to Succeed

In fact, the more ambitious the goal, the greater the chances of failure rather than success -- while those who set modest goals for themselves, are likely to succeed at them all the time, thereby conditioning themselves with success.

This is a very important concept to understand -- and the reason people fail, and set themselves up for failure: they have to succeed, at whatever they are doing, and not rationalizing their failures with unrealistic, noble goals -- because what matters, is what they actually do, and not what they intend to do, but so far have not achieved, and ultimately, have no intention of doing so.  An apt observation, is that the road to failure (folly) is paved with many good intentions.

It is not so much that one succeeds by setting a new personal best for weight lifted -- as they do just by showing up each day at the gym/health club, and while they are there, can just putter around on the machines for 30 minutes -- just by osmosis, since that is what other people there will invariably be doing.  That is an inescapably healthy environment -- if nothing else, for that exposure to people involved in healthful activities and objectives, and being around healthy people as role models.

If we truly want a health care system that works, we'd pay for that access for everyone -- rather than the astronomical health care costs of those who avoid those venues and possibilities.  Daily attendance at such venues, would be mandatory -- to collect whatever other government assistance they are receiving -- such as unemployment benefits, etc.  One has to maintain their condition for employment -- even while not having a job.  And while they are at it, they can get into good habits like keeping the machines clean -- for their own use, as well as maintaining a "work ethic" -- and that is that one actually has to do something, to make any difference in one's life, and in the world -- and not just demand it from others.

That's not how a healthy world works. -- and that is the ultimate meaning and fulfillment of society -- and not just getting more than one's fair share of government funding, as the people of famously dysfunctional societies think.  So then, everything they do seems to be arbitrary -- without meaning and purpose, other than having to do so because everybody tells them that is how to play the game -- so that is what they become good at.

In that way, many mistake "health care" for health -- which means being without the problem, rather than always requiring a greater and more expensive solution -- which merely continues the problem.  Predictably, one finds that in such "solutions," the problem(s) grow even worse -- requiring more money and professionals for their own lifelong job security.  Some people grow up entirely in that world of dysfunction and dependency -- and never even begin to suspect that there can be any other way of being.

No one is going to bring that enlightenment for anybody else; -- no matter how much they insist that they are so selfless.  Each individual, in the course of their life, will have to attain that understanding and liberation for themselves -- by thinking for themselves, and not just repeating the words they have been "taught" as the only truth they should ever know.

More than anything else, that is the importance of doing and practice -- that is one's conditioning for the life one will probably live and actualize, and not the life that doesn't work, but for which there are new explanations for its failures -- as though that makes a difference.


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