- You plan on eating healthy and find yourself indulging in a piece of chocolate cake.
- You want to speak with kindness to your kids but screamed at the top of your lungs.
- You set a goal to exercise 5 days per week but missed an entire week.
- You are committed to a happy marriage but haven't had a date in months.
- You want to buy a home but have not been committed to the savings plan.
Basically, you are off course. But that's ok so long as you are moving in the right direction. When a pilot flies, he knows the destination but there's not a perfect path that gets him from airport to airport. He may fly under or over the flight plan. He makes necessary corrections along the route. Eventually, he lands right where he is supposed to.
Our goal is not to be perfect. It is to know our goal, our destination, and to keep making corrections so we get to where we want to go. Do not harp on yourself for slips. The pilot is off course about 90% of the journey, but he keeps bringing it back. I am not letting you off the hook. Be clear on your goals and how you plan on getting there and make adjustments along the way. You must get back on course when you get off the path. Remember, the quote from Ralph Waldo Emmerson,
“Life is a journey, not a destination.”