Your Lack of Goals Will Create Your Lack
I spend a lot of time in thought trying to figure out how and why so many people take the path to destruction as opposed to the path toward a positive future. It would be unfair if I failed to acknowledge that all of us occasionally, and often, fall down, make mistakes and mess up. That’s different from choosing a path that will only lead to destruction and then purposefully staying on that path.
Recently in my courtroom a man stood before me with two separate cases. One case was a probation violation, the other case was something new and more serious. The probation violation was based on the man’s previous charge of disorderly conduct. When he was found guilty of disorderly conduct, I chose not to send him to jail but instead I put him on probation and intended to enroll him in my “Finish First Leadership” program. He never reported to probation so he never got into my program, as a result, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Fast forward three years later, he is standing in my court in hand cuffs and, to follow procedure, I confirmed with my Probation Officer that the man never reported to probation. I didn’t bother to ask him why he didn’t report because on this day he had more pressing issues. His current charge was for murder. The report said that he shot another man in the head with a shot gun.
How does a person go from disorderly conduct to three years later being charged with murder? I submit to you that much of it has to do with the path that he decided to take. He wasn’t interested in my leadership program. He didn’t have a goal that would lead him out of the hood and on to success. He allowed the destructive direction of his life to take him down a path that lead to despair and devastation.
The same applies to you and I. You may not be on the path to murder but you may be in a situation where the lack of positive goals for your future will lead you into a bad situation.
☯️ Are you going to allow that bad relationship to drain you of your ability to flourish and love or will you set goals and change your direction?
☯️ Are you going to continue to underperform at work to the point where you lose you job or will you set goals to change your direction?
☯️ Are you going to continue to spend time with people who are up to no good and don’t mean you any good or will you set goals and change your direction?
The choice of your path is up to you, but the destination of your path is already written.
Until next time,
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11/11/2022 10:06:36 am
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