I have often set my sights on a future goal, thinking that once I hit this goal I will finally be happy. I will have arrived. Only, once I reach my destination, after the initial euphoria, I am often disappointed. I am not satisfied. I want more.
This would leave me feeling empty and often sad. What did I do wrong? When will I finally be satisfied with my life? Well, it took me many years to discover the answer and that is never, which, as it turns out, is a good thing. I want more. That’s the secret to a happy life, always wanting more, for yourself, for your children, for your family.
Don’t become complacent. I have learned that goals are the key. Goals should be set on a daily basis – long term and short term. However once these goals are reached, you are not finished. You must reevaluate and set more goals. You must constantly strive for a better life…keep wanting more.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t be happy with your current state. Definitely live in the moment. Sit back and enjoy all that you have accomplished. Ponder everything that has brought you to this point in your life. But don’t get complacent. Don’t lose that hunger that drives you to push forward and seek more successes and experiences.
Life is about experiences and the journey, not the destination. Don’t think in terms of if only….If only we could buy a house, then I’d be really happy…If only we had more money, then I wouldn’t worry…If only I lost weight, everything would be perfect. Don’t make your happiness contingent on single events. You will be disappointed. You will be left wanting more. Instead, be happy with these accomplishments. Be proud of yourself, but think about the future, what your new goals in life are.
Don’t become complacent and satisfied with your life. Keep striving, keep wanting more. Reinvent yourself often. Try new things. Think outside the box. If you are not happy with where you ended up, realize that you can start again. This is not an ending, but a new beginning. Life gets really exciting when you think of all of the possibilites. If you weren’t able to achieve certain goals or some dreams just seem impossible, then start over. Set new goals. Keep dreaming. Keep moving forward. Don’t sit idly, letting life pass you by. Keep wanting more.