You know the moment, that one special and particular moment, the one where you sit down and put your feet up, take a deep breath and let out the “Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!” It is a long one, it feels good and it comes all the way from your toes.
It’s addictive, that deep expulsion of air, and extremely enjoyable. It’s an earned moment of release – but you have to remember the most important part, it is earned.
In life we keep a firm focus on our goal, after all that’s what we are doing all the work for, to reach that elusive goal. We strive to get there and spend all our time finding ways, or devising ways, to get there faster and make that goal better.
The reality for most of us is that we are going to spend far more time working to get to that goal than actually being at the goal itself. What we need to do is keep our focus on that goal, make sure we have the goal firmly in sight – but not ignore the path that gets us there.
It is often helpful to view the work we do to achieve our goals as a journey, because that’s kind of what they are, a journey through time. You will always start younger and end older in the drive to achieve your goals. Now, the trick is to enjoy the journey, to make the journey part of your goal.
Along the way you’ll meet new people, see new things and learn new skills. You’ll have new experiences and be exposed to new ways of thinking. This will all happen while you are focused on your goal – so focused you might actually miss them.
Notice these things, enjoy them and savour the moments. Revel in the growth and understand that each new thing is an achievement on your journey. These are the milestones. You are making the greatest investment of all in trying to achieve your goals – your life.
It is easy to wish you were in a different time, a different place, a different status. Wishing is a distraction that will cause you to miss the moments that matter. Take the time to stop, look around, see where you are and look back at where you’ve started. Appreciate the progress, appreciate the journey and, just for a moment, put your feet up and go “Aaaaaaahhhhhhh!”
You need that pause, that space to exhale, to reset and then get back to work. Use that moment of reflection to recognise the achievement in getting to the present moment – then get back to work because sitting around with your feet up is going to get you nowhere at all.
On a final note, for my photography friends there are changes currently underway at Google. By making a few changes any of your images that pop up in a Google Image Search will have attribution and even offer you a chance to sell. Read more about these new developments over at PetaPixel, which is where the image at the top of this post comes from. While not implemented yet, it is coming so you can use the time to make changes to your current galleries.