… Or Aim Lower, If You Want

After yesterday’s post, Aim High, a friend sent me the following YouTube video which outlines an alternative approach.

YouTube: Why You Don’t Need To Be Exceptional

I watched it with interest and related to many of the concepts.

Jordan Peterson says to aim as high as you can. But the above video seems to take the opposite approach – it’s OK to just be content with what you already have.

After reflecting for a while, I reminded myself I’m a Libran, meaning I like balance. The correct answer for me seems to be somewhere in between these two extremes.

You don’t want to make yourself miserable trying to hit ridiculously ambitious targets. But equally, it’s often not good for the soul if you’re not making some kind of progress in your life. As Jordan says, if you think you’re standing still then in reality you’re probably going backwards.

In my view, ideally you want to be improving just a little, every day. How much? Well, I posted recently that you really don’t need to do that much to have a gigantic impact.

By improving just 1% each day, you’ll finish the year almost 38 times better than when you started, thanks to the power of cumulative gains.

And over on the Jordan Peterson subreddit, someone posted the following excellent quote:

“Reduce the damn responsibility until it’s tolerable. You don’t have to fix everything at once…You could do it with even less self-sacrifice, you can start by only fixing the things that you want to fix.”

Jordan Peterson (paraphrased)

So, perhaps I’m just spinning my tyres by worrying about how high I should aim. Maybe, for my personality type, it’s much better to focus on the short term.

I’ll stick to my daily routine which I know makes my life better in multiple ways. I’ll keep choosing tasks which are meaningful rather than expedient (as JBP would say). I will aim to stay aligned with the 3 principles of Truth, Courage and Love.

Rather than obsess over my future, I’ll attend to the small but important aspects of my life with as much attentiveness as I can muster.

And I’ll have faith that bigger, more important goals will reveal themselves to me, when the time is right.

As 12 Steps fellowships are fond of saying… “Just For Today“.


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