A person's hand extending towards the sun, symbolizing hope and youth wellness.

What Do You Seek?

Quest [ kwest ]
1. a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something:
a quest for uranium mines; a quest for knowledge.
2.Medieval Romance, an adventurous expedition undertaken by a knight or knights to secure or achieve something:
the quest of the Holy Grail.

to search; seek; pursue. (often followed by for; or after): 
to quest after hidden treasure.

• Earn a 6 figure income by age 30

• Respect from peers or other select groups of people

• Get into a good college

• Start your own business

• Have a lot of friends

• Marry your best friend

• Make a positive impact in the world

• Buy your own home

• Look physically fit

• Attaining spiritual enlightenment

Are any of these your lifelong aspirations? If those are truly your heart’s deepest desires, there’s nothing wrong with them. However, if they’re just your parents’, society’s dreams and not truly yours, you’ll either fail because there’s no genuine desire or in rare cases, succeed but be disillusioned and disappointed. 

It’s quite difficult to get somewhere if you don’t know where you’re headed.  Yet a huge percentage of us have no plan.  We don’t really know where we’re going or how we will get there.  A plan is like a road map.  It tells you where you are and points you in a direction.  It helps you strategize how you will get from point A to point B.

Your life is the only life you can steer, and it’s a conundrum how many people give up the driver’s seat or don’t take the time to get to know themselves.  It’s important to know exactly what you want to achieve and the necessary time and resources it’ll take to manifest that achievement. With clarity comes concentrated effort and an ability to weed out diverting distractions. According to Edwin Locke’s famous goal-setting theory,  challenging and specific goals succeed more often than easy ones.

 The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.

Earl Nightingale
Caitlyn Wang Avatar

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Touched by what you read? Join the conversation!

  • Stand Up Against Smothering Anxiety
    Stand Up Against Smothering Anxiety

    I’ve had some anxiety growing up—the stress of exams and ever-growing workload—but never to a point where it prevented me from sleeping or other physical ailments. Actually, that’s me in denial. I have TMJ and acid reflux periodically, but stress and anxiety have become so prevalent in our society that we accept them as the…


  • Unveiling the Hidden Struggles: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in India
    Unveiling the Hidden Struggles: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in India

    In a world that’s gradually waking up to the importance of mental health, India’s situation serves as a reminder of the struggles many face with their mental well-being. While conversations around mental well-being have gained momentum, the reality in India is marked by financial constraints, societal stigma, and limited access to healthcare. The Harsh Reality:…


  • The Role of Expectation Management in Success
    The Role of Expectation Management in Success

    At its core, expectation management is about aligning hopes with reality.  We’re taught to manage customers’ or employees’ expectations so they don’t become unwieldy, but the goal isn’t to settle for mediocrity; instead, it’s about being mutually transparent about what is realistically achievable.   Managing expectations is a vital skill that can make the difference between…