The Choice to Enjoy the Journey

When we set off on a path in life, whether towards a personal goal, a family goal or a career goal, it’s often easy to think that “getting there” is what will make us happy...

“When I become a manager at the company, I’ll be happy.”
“When I lose ten more pounds, I’ll be happy.”
“When we buy our first house, we’ll be happy.”

No question, the accomplishment of an important goal can lead to happiness and great satisfaction. But, we can put so much focus on getting to the actual goal that we overlook the day-to-day enjoyment from making a little progress, from doing a little good for someone, from doing something small, but important today.

We should remind ourselves that happiness also comes from little achievements, not just from big ones. We experience happiness when we make today count for something good…by taking one step toward our goal. We can achieve happiness, not just when we arrive at our destination, but on the journey as well. 

So when you’re on that journey, take your time, look around, and enjoy the changes you’re making in your life that will truly make you a happier person. For example, working hard will make you feel accomplished, eating healthier will make you more energetic, and saving money for a house will give you a sense of pride. 

Denis Waitley explained the feeling of fulfillment this way, “It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.” So, make today count…in some small way…and be happy about the progress you are making.

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley