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Here’s an example:
Let’s say that you have decided to Aspire to appreciate classical music. You hit a roadblock on the way — you don’t feel the joy and elevated appreciation for the music that you had hoped for, or you’re unwilling to continue making the effort to satisfy your original intention, which involves listening, concert-going, even learning to read a musical score. For you, this challenging Aspiration has become a chore, and you have learned enough.
Nothing is stopping you from ending this particular Aspiration long before you regret the wasted time and energy you put into it. Consider that the best field generals are masters of retreat as well as attack.
Unlike your ambitions, which are not easily concealed from others, your Aspirations are private matters, involving your pursuit of hidden capabilities and values. You alone know what you’re up to. You alone judge the outcome. You alone perceive the slow but steady creation of a new you. You alone earn the sense of fulfillment that comes with working to care about something new. And you alone have the power to call it off.
I appreciate the irony that while I’m extolling Aspiration as an essential motivating function that lifts us to perfect our noblest instincts, I’m also saying that it has a valuable braking function, like an early warning system telling us to stop and rethink what we’re doing.
Don’t let this double role confuse you.
Aspiration is your best friend, whether it motivates you or tells you to stop wasting your time.
It’s certainly an improvement on achieving a long-held Ambition, only to end up asking yourself, “Is that all there is?”