Every one has a goal or goals of some sort. Some goals are lofty and noble. Some may be rather superficial and self-serving. There are constructive goals. Others may be considered destructive. Every individual gets to decide what they will be.
Whatever they may be, not everyone achieves their goals in life. There is a big difference between individuals who are the most successful at achieving their goals and those who are not. I believe it is a universal trait or truth and it can be summed up in the following quote.
“Fundamentally the marksman aims at himself.” – Zen In The Art Of Archery
I have talked about passion and purpose quite a bit here, two qualities fundamental to success. I believe those who aspire to their true calling and pursue it with passion and purpose are being true to who they are at the core of their being.
They have chosen goals that essentially target who they really are by what they do. Fundamentally, they have targeted themselves.
The people who choose goals in conflict with their core values will not achieve the lasting success they wish to achieve in life. Look at truly successful individuals, the ones you admire. Contrast their outcomes in goal selection with the outcomes of those who aren’t true to themselves in the goals they pursue through what they do.
Individuals who simply chase money for moneys sake cheat themselves of larger rewards. People who are burned out at their job but continue to labor away for reasons of expediency out of misplaced loyalties or allegiances are climbing a wall of misery. Anyone stuck in a relationship which should have ended long ago are not being true to themselves. They are not targeting their true nature. This will miss every time.
Finding what you were put hear to do, using your own natural talents and abilities in a way that serves you and others is a target worthy of your aim. What other aims or pursuits could possibly be more meaningful?
Become the marksman you were meant to be. Be the target. Aim for who you are in all that you do. The world is waiting for you to take your best shot.
Do you feel sure you are taking aim at your true self? Do your goals represent who you are or someone else’s idea of who you should be?