Sacrificing the Vision to Achieve Short-Term Goals? Not So Fast.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Ah, the cliché question about what your aspirations are to further your career, your business, your relationships, your...[INSERT HERE]. Some have a clear vision of exactly where they want to be, who they want to be, and/or who they want to be with. They have a clear understanding of what to do in order to get there and the sacrifices they must endure to make their five-year plan a reality. But, no doubt, they will face obstacles – both internal and external. For most of these obstacles, however, there is a map - one that life's cartographers, those who have explored these treacherous terrains before - have figured out. From online blogs to friends or family members, we have an endless supply of, for lack of a better term, "advice givers" - at our disposal when life throws us a curveball that disrupts our plan, there to get us back on track.

But, sometimes, we have to be our own best advice giver. Sometimes, those we trust to impart wisdom simply do not understand our vision - our plan. They try to speed up our five-year timeline. After all, they only want us to achieve our goals faster, right? What's the harm in that? Turns out, a lot. Sacrificing your plan, your process, your journey is something you should never do. Stay true to your vision! When this tantalizing temptation to win at all costs, as quickly as possible - achieved through inorganic, disingenuous short-cuts - takes control of your mindset, ironically, you lose. You must remember the necessary steps and building blocks embedded within your vision, and that the construction of your dream reality takes time.

But, trust me, I get it, the possibility of success now, rather than later is damn near impossible to resist...Yet, if you want to live a life without regret, do not place your vision second to any short-term wins. NOTE: If the short-term win aligns with your long-term vision, absolutely go for it! Long-term success inherently mus