“Like archers aiming” – tweaking Aristotle on Purpose

“It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want.” – Aristotle

Stephen Covey calls this concept “beginning with the end in mind.”

It’s a great concept but we rarely use it. We humans are notoriously bad at looking ahead. We’re terrible at saving for retirement, eating healthy food, exercising regularly, imagining what it will be like to be old, even sleeping enough. Jerry Seinfeld calls this phenomenon ‘night guy vs morning guy’. 

And yet we want so many things for us and the beings we care about. 

It may help to start smaller – little purpose pauses in the day. Little moments – imagine on your commute how you want to arrive, not just that you want to arrive. How do you want to feel after lunch, after your morning snack? After dinner? It may be too much to think about the next morning, but you can build up to it. 

Imagine you’re an archer trying to hit that ‘definite mark’. The closer the target, the easier it’ll be to hit.

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