Yesterday, I heard the fable of the monk who was a master archer, teaching his student about goal setting, focus and a clear vision of where you are going.

The student was surprised that the monk was telling him that he checked his goals everyday to make sure he was heading in the right direction. The student was confused, he could not see why the monk was setting and checking goals.

The monk took out a handkerchief, a rose and an arrow from his backpack. He asked the student to hang the rose from a tree 100 feet from where they were sitting, tie the handkerchief over his eyes and pass him his bow.

The monk asked the student if he thought he could hit the rose with the arrow. The student said he could, he had seen the master archer monk hit a smaller target from 3 times that distance and had never seen him miss from 100 feet, so even with the blindfold, the student was confident the monk would make the shot.

The monk took aim and fired the arrow at the rose. It missed. By some margin.

The student was shocked, but the monk explained. You might think you know where you are aiming, but you need to have a clear vision of where you are going, otherwise you shoot off blindly and miss your target.

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