Someone I admire immensely is author/psychologist/professor, Jordan B. Peterson. His new book Beyond Order just came out this month. Jordan B. Peterson is an incredible wordsmith and always provides me with new ways to think, and expand the limited mindset that I have at times. As I have been listening to his book, so many things have resonated with me. I especially love this quote:
“Aim at something. Pick the best target you can currently conceptualize. Stumble toward it. Notice your errors and misconceptions along the way. Face and correct them. Get your story straight…past, present, future…they all matter. You need to map your path. You need to know where you were so that you do not repeat the mistakes of your path. You need to know where you are or you will not be able to draw a line from your starting point to your destination. You need to know where you are going or you will drown in uncertainty, unpredictability, and chaos and starve for hope and inspiration. For better or worse, you are on a journey. You are on an adventure and your map better be accurate. Voluntarily confront what stands in your way. The way. That is the path of life.”
–Jordan B. Peterson
There is something so profound about that quote. How often in life do we wander aimlessly at goals that are not explicitly stated or even clearly understood and then get upset or feel bad when we don’t reach these expectations? Are we prone to creating an overly negative (or positive) narrative of the past, present, or future? Are you starving for hope and inspiration because you don’t know where you are going?
Set that target, make that map, and don’t be afraid to stumble along the way. For better or worse, we are on an incredible journey!