More than the goal, it is the journey that will make you happy
I want you to stop what you’re doing and think about a particular goal that you are aiming to reach in your life right now. It could be anything, whether it’s a job promotion, a new car, or maybe a few inches off of your waist. Think about what you will feel when you finally reach that goal? Let me guess, you’ll be happy and ecstatic, right?
Most people are programmed to think that way. We are trained to have specific goals that will make us feel good about ourselves. It’s normal for us to think about the future with the mindset that we will be happy once we get there.
Although there is nothing really wrong with that, the problem lies when we become too focused with our goal that we ignore an integral part of the equation… the journey. Sometimes, we are very much brainwashed with the idea that the goal is the only thing that will make us happy to the extent that we overlook the small successes that we have to go through along the way in order to reach that goal. More than the destination, it is the journey that should make you happy, and that’s what we tend to forget.We become too focused with our goal that we ignore an integral part of the equation… the journey! Click To Tweet
I am guilty of having this mindset. I always set goals and make game plans towards reaching them, delaying happiness until I succeed. Once I get it, though, I see myself asking for more. So I set a new goal and make new game plans towards reaching them, delaying happiness again until I succeed. The simple desire of attaining happiness becomes a never-ending cycle that goes on and on and on. Then I realized… why do I only focus my happiness on a big goal when there are a lot of things that could make me happy along the way?
Happiness can also come from the little improvements that we do each day. Instead of having just a future goal to inspire us, our day-to-day achievements should drive us in a positive state. The happiest thing about setting a goal is becoming the person you need to be and developing the skills you need to have in order to reach that goal.
The journey is as important as the destination, so make sure that it is also something that you will enjoy. Surround yourself with the right people, take your time, observe and enjoy the changes that takes place, make a conscious effort to enjoy the now. It will make the experience more rewarding and it will make your story more inspiring once you share it with others. After all, what makes a movie great is not the ending credits — it’s the scenes during the whole movie. As Denis Waitley once said, “It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.”
I will leave you with that. Happy thinking.
Till next time, #staySharp.
#RazorSharp – Ray Milidoni