The dictionary defines “unthinking” as “Not taking due thought; thoughtless or heedless; exhibiting a lack of thought.”
Too many lives are wasted, vast human potential squandered, for the lack of a bit of thought; some regular moments of introspective reflection, a bit of quiet time now and then. When we pay DEEP attention to ourselves, diving beneath often chaotic surface emotions and get in close touch with our foundational selves, listen to the calling of our souls, the songs of our spirit, then we are well along the way to living our fullest potential.
Your life is a precious gift, your talents were meant to be developed, and your contribution to the world is uniquely yours to make.
I strongly recommend written goals (dreams, passions, visions) for every major role you have in life and some sort of plan (ways to educate yourself, possible progress path, potential actions steps, organizational timelines, motivational deadlines). Then JOURNAL faithfully about your progress, your stumbles, your “pivots”, your emotional responses to your setbacks and successes. You will find that some things you thought you wanted you didn’t really and you will find new interests and new abilities. Best of all, you will come to know yourself better and become a much, much better predictor of what brings you lasting satisfaction and true contentment.
“I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacation with better care than they do their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.” – Jim Rohn (1930-2009)
“In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.” -Robert Heinlein (1907-1988)
“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that.” – Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)
“Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.” – Denis Waitley, b. 1933
“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals—that is goals that do not inspire them.” – Tony Robbins, b. 1960
“Make no little plans. They have no power to stir men’s souls.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier