Goals define what is important and what isn’t important.
The enemy’s gate is down
If it brings you closer to your goal, you do it. If it takes you further away, you don’t do it (obviously). If it’s neutral, but there’s something better you could do that takes you closer, you don’t do it. Opportunity costs.
They make clear which behaviours are addicting. Which behaviours you’re doing just to fill up the emptiness — now that this emptiness is incredibly valueable, other things like youtube and netflix start to be pushed out.
But also, you don’t want them anyway? You already know that if you want time to slow down, you decrease stimulation outside of your goal. Suddenly, though you don’t have infinity time, there is a lot of time available for working on your goal, and things don’t feel quite so terribly rushed? It is more like when you’re not working on it, you’re thinking and processing, and talking to your dear beloved friends.
What more do you want?
For decisions to be clear, for reward to be pure and undiluted by uncertainty that this is the best thing you could be doing…
Goals define the parameter for your exiseance, allow you to leave any conversation you find aversive, any event.
Allow you to gamble stakes you wouldn’t otherwise consider, just becuase the success of the goal is that valuable. In gambling, you learn which commitments were actually sacred, and which were merely talk.
Oh, [clarity], you’ve been here all along
You like the grind. You always, always have.