“We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey…” Author Unknown
There is a tendency, when striving toward success, to focus on the destination. We are taught that this is the only way, the recipe, if you will, for success – envision yourself being successful and you will BE successful. No one can dispute this tidbit of advice, for most successful people you ask will relay, almost verbatim, the exact quote, “I just saw myself being successful at __________, and within ______ years, I’m making more than I ever dreamed.” Sound familiar? I thought so.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking the ‘success visionaries’. It is good to maintain a healthy dose of mental directives when it comes to progress in life. However, and perhaps this might impact you, most people spend so much time concerned with the goal, they overlook how they made it to the goal.
I’ll take an ethereal/philisophical approach to this subject. Goals we have set for ourselves or that have been set for us, are truly just markers for the next level of achievement. The true achievement is what you must learn, apply, fail at, succeed at, and release in order to reach the goal set forth. It is the character you build by sacrificing your time and energies for a specific purpose. The person who starts the pursuit of the goal is rarely the same person who attains the goal. You are different, your thoughts, your feelings, your belief about yourself. It is in this that we can appreciate what the journey does for us.
“We do not care of what we have, but we cry when it is lost.” Russian Proverb
Could it be that we major in the minors? The goal, in this scenario, being the ‘minors’. When character is built and cultivated during a journey, the goal can truly, only be seen as the by-product. However, in a results-driven environment, where the bottom-line is all anyone cares about, the path you took to get there is nothing more than an after-thought. That is until another hurdle has to be jumped or deadline needs to be met. This is when we employ the ‘path’ or ‘journey’, the lessons learned and the character built, to manage and secure that success…to meet the bottom-line.
The journey, whether a stroll in the park, a marathon, or an artist’s sketching, stretches our mind and our constitution. The journey creates formidable strength and produces all that is needed. Yes, the goal is celebrated, however, the journey should be revered.