The Path of Least Resistance Is a Catastrophic Mirage

John Cousins
February 7, 2023
4 min read

Most people are unaware of their reasons for their actions. They follow others’ lead, follow the crowd, and don’t forge their own paths.

The phrase “We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal” suggests that sometimes we are not hindered in achieving our goals by external factors but rather by our own choices and actions. It suggests that we may be tempted to take the easy or convenient path, even if it leads us away from our ultimate goal.

This phrase highlights the importance of staying focused and committed to our goals, even when faced with distractions or alternative options. Further, it reminds us that we can make choices that bring us closer to or further away from our desired outcomes.

It also suggests that sometimes we may not realize that we are pursuing a lesser goal because the path to achieving it may seem so clear and straightforward.

Again, this emphasizes the importance of regularly reflecting on and reassessing our goals and priorities to ensure that we are staying true to our values and making progress toward what we truly want to achieve.

Stay focused and committed to your glorious goals, and carefully consider your choices and actions in pursuit of them.

It’s not the lack of focus — but the abundance of distractions that slap us away from our goals.

Distractions can indeed be a major obstacle to achieving our goals. In today’s fast-paced, digitally connected world, it’s easy to get pulled in different directions and lose focus on what’s most important to us.

One way to combat distractions is to set aside dedicated time for focused, deep work. Then, minimize distractions during that time by turning off notifications and finding a quiet place to work.

It can also be helpful to set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals and to break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. This chunking can help you stay on track and avoid getting sidetracked by distractions.

Finally, it can be helpful to review and prioritize your goals regularly and to make a conscious effort to eliminate or minimize activities that are not aligned with your goals.

You can have almost everything if you work hard and creatively, but not everything you desire. The ability to reject good options in favor of even better ones shows maturity.

Indeed, hard work and creativity can often lead to success and the ability to achieve many of our goals. However, it is also essential to recognize that there are limits to what we can accomplish and that it is sometimes necessary to make difficult choices and sacrifices to pursue our highest goals.

Maturity involves the ability to recognize and evaluate our actions’ potential consequences and make decisions that align with our values and priorities. It also consists of the ability to accept that we may not always be able to have everything we want and to be content, focusing on the most important to us.

Don’t be afraid to fail. The offense is low aim, not failure. Even failure in heroic endeavors is magnificent.

Not letting fear of failure hold you back from pursuing your goals and aspirations is key to success. Of course, failing is okay because failure can be a valuable learning experience and help you grow and improve. However, it’s more important to aim high and strive for excellence rather than setting low goals and settling for mediocrity.

Attempting great things and even failing is a sign of ambition and determination. The key is to keep trying and learning from your mistakes rather than giving up when faced with challenges.

The past of least resistance is rarely the path of wisdom.

I encourage you to consider all of your options and to make decisions that are well-thought-out and considered rather than simply taking the easiest or most convenient option without giving it proper consideration.

While taking the easiest or most convenient path in the short term may be tempting, there may be better choices in the long run.

Taking the path of least resistance may lead to missed opportunities or unintended consequences that one could have avoided if a more thoughtful and considered approach had been taken.

In general, it is wise to consider all available options and choose the one most likely to lead to a positive outcome. This discipline requires effort and may involve taking a more challenging or less convenient path, but it can ultimately lead to better results and a more fulfilling life.

Forge your own path. Aim for the company of immortals.

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John Cousins
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