I love dogs, I really do, but I will probably never have one, at least not in the foreseeable future. I grew up with a pet Labrador retriever; whenever I visit family or friends with dogs, I spend a lot of time petting and playing with them; and my kids are always asking if we can get one—but here’s why I most likely won’t own one any time soon. To put it simply, owning a dog will make it extremely difficult to fulfill my personal goals.
One of my goals is to try to travel in the summers when my kids have off from school. I am not referring to a simple jaunt down to the Jersey Shore, but a more cultural experience like a trip to Europe or South America. Having a dog would make it very difficult to plan a trip like this. We also enjoy taking weekend trips when possible, especially during the summer, and again, having a dog would just add an extra layer to the planning, preparation, and overall feasibility of these trips.
My point in this post is that many people in this situation would go out and buy a dog. Most people simply do not have a clear enough picture of their goals to be able to resist or move away from obstacles like this, which is a big reason that many people DO NOT achieve their goals. They do things that make it virtually impossible for them to achieve the goals that they are supposedly so passionate about. [Read more...]