Despite any level of successful milestones accomplished so far, fear still has a way of coming back to haunt me. The one thought that continuously reoccurs is whether or not I chose to the right path to accomplish my goals. The reason being that the path isn’t completely clear, but I believe that I can still make it to the end of the journey.
Despite the fear of whether or not the right path was chosen, I find comfort in my recollection of a chapter from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. One of his passages more or less says that successful people are not as concerned of whether or not they chose the right way of attaining their goals. What they are clear of are the goals they wish to achieve. They aren’t concerned about picking the wrong way, because they choose to fix mistakes and make adjustments as they move along. In other words, for any obstacles and setbacks they may encounter along way, they will find a way to overcome.
With each problem we solve, our minds become stronger and more agile. In fact, part of the fun is realizing how much you’ve managed to overcome during your journey. The amount of joy we have, no matter how much or how little, becomes a catalyst for pushing us further until we attain what we wish for.
With this recollection, I remind myself that I shouldn’t be so concerned about whether or not I chose the right way, it’s more important that I am not indecisive and do not lose sight of what it is I want. Obstacles will present itself, and problems will never go away – our reaction is what counts most.
This contrasts what most of us were taught in school. I remember before starting a test, professors used to worn us that if we didn’t think through a question first, we would end up going down the wrong path for the solution. With the limited amount of time we had, if we spent too much time going down the wrong path, we’d lose time to back track. With the way professors warned us, the implication came off as: if we choose the wrong method, we’re doomed to failure. This will cast fear onto students and consequently cause indecisiveness through anxiety.
I agree that parts of this is true. We only have a limited amount of time to solve the problem (such as limited amount of time in life to achieve our goals), but here’s another way of looking at it: every minute spent not working through the problem is a path down to the wrong answer. A blank page is the same as a wrong answer – this is certain.
There is balance to thinking things through and taking action. To me it makes sense to trust our gut instinct, but if anytime along the way we realize it’s wrong, make the change as soon as possible and keep pushing towards solving the problem.
I think it makes more sense for our scholastic leaders to spend less time warning us about taking the wrong path, and more time teaching us how to react if we happen to make a mistake. Because chances are, when the mistake is made, the right answer becomes way more obvious.