Motivational Saturday #2
We are going to change things up a bit here on YourFinancesSimplified.com. Every Saturday I will feature one of my motivational writings. Hopefully these post will urge you to start now and stop procrastinating on your goals!
To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift. – Franklin Roosevelt
What is a port to you? A port in nautical terms is somewhere you can safely harbor your ship. It is somewhere that is safe during the times of storms, and it is a safe place in general, where you can be sure that your ship will be there when you return. In a storm, you can tie your ship at anchor, but that is not as safe as a port. However, you cannot reach a port without first sailing to it. In life if we do not move forward, we die.
Now we all die eventually, but your soul can die long before you body actually succumbs. The soul needs progress and movement to stay alive. For some people it is easy to continually move from one thing to another, and like butterflies they flit from idea to idea, not necessarily accomplishing much.
Going from one thing to another without finishing the first task is not progress, though it is movement. You can also have progress without much movement. If you do one thing over and over again, you have progress, but you do not have much movement. You must have both movement and progress to keep the soul alive and healthy.
By sailing to a port, you keep your soul happy. If you tie at anchor, you have neither movement nor progress, and you can slowly become more depressed, and the soul will wither. Drifting is the opposite of staying tied at anchor, and you will not find happiness if you drift about with no aim or direction.
Goals are a good way to achieve progress and movement because once you achieve a goal, you can move on to another goal.Progress can be gained when you achieve the goal, and movement can be attained when you move onto the next goal. The goals do not have to be big but, they do need significance in some form or another. It can be a goal as big as climbing Mount Everest or a goal as small as getting up at 6 a.m. every morning. Both of these things can be significant in different ways to different people.
However, if you set a meaningless goal, something that does not amount to anything or mean anything to you, you will not achieve progress or movement. Sailing onward, moving forward and not going back is the best way to be healthy and happy. If you drift aimlessly through your life, you will not have respect for yourself, and you will not achieve anything significant. If you are too scared to move forward, and you stay anchored to one port, you will not achieve anything significant.
However, if you sail toward a specific port or destination, you can achieve great things. With movement, you open yourself to opportunities. You can find new things, and you can meet new people.
Leave a comment below specifying how this post made you feel. Say anything you want. I want to hear your thoughts.
How will you move forward with your life?
What goals will you set to achieve your movement and your progress?