What If You Succeeded at Your Biggest Goal and Still Felt No Different?
Would that be okay?
This question is a chance for self-awareness and reflection. Typically, when we work we think about the desired future state. We are motivated by that state. But your motivation shouldn’t be to arrive at some place where where you finally feel “complete.” The reward of worthwhile work is not merely in having done it — it is also in the doing itself.
The above question will help you take a moment to reflect on your attitude about our work. Are you working only for the sake of some future joy? Or are you willing to experience your work in the moment as a source of joy? The moment is all you have.
Do not try to live only for some imagined future state of happiness. Take pride in your work today. You are not working in order to have joy and pride someday. You are working in order to have joy and pride now.
Several of my friends contributed wise answers. I’ll share three:
Mike Libolt (my father) answered:
Feelings are feelings, not to be trusted, or intended to be the goal.
Wes Widner answered:
The nature of personal growth and progress is that by the time you achieve your goal it’s more of a validation of the hard work and training you’ve put in to make that achievement possible. So you shouldn’t feel different, besides the validation of effort aspect, when you achieve your goal.
Jeff Kahl answered:
Feelings in themselves are not indicators of reality. However, they are powerful means to experience and enjoy reality. So I would say, if a person just succeeded at a huge goal, he should make a conscious choice to do *something* to celebrate that achievement. That is necessary fuel for motivation to continue to achieve.
Over to you:
What if you succeeded at your biggest goal and still felt no different? Are you prepared for that?
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