The formula is clear: work harder, then you’ll be successful, then you’ll be happier.
A lot of us unknowingly suffer from a disease known as “destination disease”, the most common symptom is the belief that when we achieve a goal, meet the right person, pay off their loans, graduate from school, make a certain amount of money, etc., we will be happy.
“When our happiness is based on a destination or lack there of, we put ourselves in a position where we can never be happy until we “arrive”. – KC Cupp
This disease which disguises itself as the ever tantalizing “bigger, better, and faster” trap, is a tragic way to live. Why? Because bigger, better, and faster are constantly moving.
It actually undermines the development potential because it manipulates you into thinking that you’ll only grow and gain when you arrive at a certain place. Yet the things that add the greatest value to your life and develop the richness of both your personality and potential are found in the process of life.
Well known American novelist, Ursula K Le Guin makes this statement, “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
In the book “The Happiness Advantage” author Shawn Achor explains how he spent over a decade researching at Harvard University, on one of the largest studies of happiness ever completed.
- One of the key findings in Shawn Achor’s research was that happiness fuels success, not the other way around.
- This study shows when we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, resilient, and productive at work and in life.
- So our level of happiness and the key to living our best life today comes down to how we internalize our external circumstances.
It’s the old glass half full or half empty syndrome.
The things that add the greatest value to you are found in the process of life.
- [Article] What I Believe about Success by John C. Maxwell
- [TedTalk] Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
- [Book] The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
- [Book] The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin S. Sharma