On the difficulty of aiming long-term

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  1. The future is fuzzy, so it’s hard to see its value.
  2. But the present is also fuzzy, so it’s hard to see its discomforts.

The future is fuzzy, so it’s hard to see its value.

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When you plan for the long-term, you’re betting on something that you can’t fully see. You don’t really know how great it is on the other side. You hear stories from other people. You can hope. But you’ve never lived it. You don’t know for sure what the future really holds. What I’ve said applies in many cases. You don’t really know what your physical health will become if you go on a diet and fitness plan. You don’t really know what career you’ll manage to get when you go to school. As a result of the future’s fuzziness, your motivation weakens.

But the present is also fuzzy, so it’s hard to see its discomforts.

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The only reason to bet on such a fuzzy future is if the present is unbearable. Then there’s nothing to lose when aiming long-term; you can only go up. But even for the human with an unbearable present, trouble is they always have addictions. Food, porn, sex, drugs, television, music are coping mechanisms that give us microscopic moments of pleasure within the dread, just long enough to confuse us about just how bad the present may really be. The present, therefore, is also fuzzy, and motivation further weakens.

So how does someone aim for the long-term then? I’ll add to this post when I have an answer.

 
 

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