Are you on the Right Track?

Congratulations! You have now started taking your first conscious steps towards the realisation of your desires. You should be rightfully applauded because not many will have the consistency, courage or coherence to take even the first step towards realising their goals.

The next crucial question to ask yourself as you go after your goal is more of a ‘maintenance’ question rather than a reflective question like the ones before this. The previous questions ask you to reflect, think and analyse, while this question, “Am I on the right track?”, just keeps your mind focused on whether or not you are steady on the path towards your goals.

Now that you have found a clear and apparent pathway to follow in order to reach your goals, it is important that you consume the least possible amount of time, effort and resources as possible in pursuing your goals. It is natural for distractions, diversions and even new obstacles to appear on your path. Without these things, life would be a boring, straight, one-way road to its final destination. If you feel that you are in a state where nothing can go wrong and you feel the closeness of your goals increasingly every moment, then you are on the right track.

But sometimes we can delude ourselves into thinking that such feelings of ease and comfort are signs that we are on the right track, when in fact, we are complacent and no progress is being made. So there are 4 things to look out for on the path towards achieving your goals – distractions, diversions, obstacles (usually unexpected or underestimated) and complacency (or false progress).

Keep asking yourself, “Am I on the right track?” every step or milestone of the way. At times, a wolf in sheep’s clothing might appear in the guise of an opportunity for a better, cheaper, faster alternative route towards your goals. Be very wary of such opportunities. Calculate the costs of changing plans or switching routes before considering such opportunities. But do not let your calculations paralyse you into inaction either. You have to be constantly on the move. You have to move even while you calculate.