Common sense tells us that the cereal should go into the bowl first. But what if you only wanted a certain amount of milk to go with your cereal? It's easier to see how much milk you are using with no cereal in the bowl. It's a bold strategy, but maybe it works for some.
It all depends on how you perceive your bowl of breakfast. Are you adding cereal to your bowl of milk? Or are you using milk for your bowl of cereal?
Your chances of spilling increase when you try to plop some cereal into a bowl full of milk. From a scientific standpoint, the cereal may be doing cannonballs into your milk. It's going to look cool if you record it in slow motion from an aerial view.
In the end, it'll all taste the same.
This is so similar to how goals can be perceived. Common sense will always tell us to take the route that sounds right. You're so hungry for your goals that you put them first, and view the goal as the only thing you're trying to get to. But you're forgetting about everything that comes with it.
Putting the work in first is going to be messy. There is going to be times when you can't find the balance between your goals and the work to reach that success you are looking for. Your bowl will be overflowing with questions on whether or not you're following the right path to your goals.
There is no right or wrong way to reach your goals. Every situation is fluid and different. So don't worry about how the neighbors create their bowl of cereal. And remember that as long as you are eating you are blessed.
But just to be clear, cereal goes first. If you put the milk first, we're most likely going to see a Netflix series on you that is something similar to the Ted Bundy Tapes. You're a weirdo.