En route to a specific goal, one (hopefully) encounters several challenges. If not, something probably went wrong with defining the goal initially. Michelangelo allegedly said: “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

While aiming high, reaching a goal can be excruciatingly demanding, like sailing directly upwind into a twelve Beaufort storm. Enduring so much friction in the process, barely advancing or making any progress at all.

Sailing straight into the wind is impossible. To reach a destination that lies directly upwind, vessels have to zig-zag in order to get there. This method is called beating.

Roadblocks pop up, and setbacks happen. Walk a tightrope, jump through a burning hoop, make loopings if you must. Be creative in chasing a goal, and never lose track of the destination. Reaching goals is rarely straightforward and requires lots of zig-zagging either way. Don’t give up when inevitable detours manifest themselves.

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