Why You Need Direction

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I’ve been trying to write a post on how fat is actually a good thing to include in your diet, but that was really boring. So I decided to post something that is much different.

I was recently talking to my cousin who had achieved a goal that he had set for himself 5 years ago. We talked briefly about the importance of persistance and how it was a key element to him reaching the destination that he set for himself. However, persistance is a by product of having a concrete direction for yourself. It is what happens when you find a ‘why?’ to direct your life with. It is extremely hard to be persistant in pursuing something that you don’t really want. In fact I believe that it is impossible.

I came across a journal entry from almost a year ago that captures my thoughts on having a direction.

Here it is.

July 8, 2013

It’s easy to get caught up in the wave that we call life.

It’s easy to let external circumstances dictate what we do and what we achieve.

To go against the waves requires dedication, perserverance and a workmanlike attitude.

It is not glamourous. It does not always attract much attention. It is not always fun.

Flair and finesse is not required. What is required is a target that you want to get to more than anything.

When the waves start craching over your head and the current starts to drag you back it’s easy to let go and to give up.

It is at those times that your destination becomes your real and tangible motivation.

You don’t know how long it’s going to take to get to where you’re going, and you don’t know how much you’re going to have to sacrifice. But you do know WHY you’re going.

That WHY is all you need.

That why pushes you on when others stay stop.

That why makes you do one more rep.

That why gives you direction when you feel lost and confused.

That why comforts you when you feel weak and stupid.

That why is your purpose, direction and drive.

Without it you are lost at sea, adrift amongst the masses.

 

“He who has a why can endure any how”

– Friedrich Nitzsche

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