How Can We Hit The Target In Life?

Target

Hitting the Target in Life

First tell yourself what kind of person you want to be, then do what you have to do. For in nearly every pursuit we see this to be the case. Those in athletic pursuit first choose the sport they want, and then do that work.

Epictetus, from Discourses

An archer is highly unlikely to hit the target she did not aim for. The same goes for us, whatever out target. We’re certain to miss the target if we don’t bother to draw back and fire.

Our perceptions and principles guide us in the selection of what we want – but ultimately our actions determine whether we get there or not.

Spend some time – uninterrupted time – thinking about what’s important to you, what your priorities are. Then, work toward that and forsake all the others.

It’s not enough to wish and hope…

We must act – and act right.


The Daily Stoic
The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Ryan Holiday

Background on Epictetus

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