We are goal-oriented beings. We think in terms of where we want to be, what we want to do, how much we want to see and achieve and achieve. And while this is the fire that motivates us to accomplish great things, this mentality can even prove to be destructive for us. It can stop us from having the ability to enjoy the moment in real-time. Not to mention it hinders us from feeling satisfaction when we have achieved our goals and began reaping the rewards. If you are tired of feeling that the better of you are never good enough or that your hard work is never appreciated, here’s a gentle reminder… you are ready, and you’ll at all times be a work in progress. And a wonderful one at that!
Love your changed face and body
We all have things we would like to change in our own faces and bodies. But while you really should try and straighten your smile invisible braces or slimming your waist through diet and exercise, try not to fall into the trap of trying to recapture your 21 year old self. Our faces and bodies change as we age. We cannot stop it. We cannot avoid it. But we can accept, love, and repair our changing faces and bodies as we age.
Enjoy every rung on the career ladder, not just the top
We all have career goals and ambitions. We all want to be more effective and productive working. We all want to be praised by our superiors and admired by our co-workers. But in your zeal to reach the top, do not fall into the loss-of-excitement trap that can be found in the middle or even the bottom. Every rung on the career ladder has the potential to bring you great joy and satisfaction.
Stop treating your reading list like torture
Many of us have a pretty solid list of books we want to read. We can keep a pile of these in our bedside cabinet or add them to our Amazon wish list. Still, this list never stops growing as new recommendations are delivered to us by friends or online. But try not to fall into the trap of racing to the end of every book just so you can begin the next one. We can lose the insights, the stories, and the beauty they contain in our attempts to be more like Warren Buffett.
Look towards where you are going… but take a moment to look back
For some reason, we have developed a negative attitude to look back on our achievements. We are instead conditioned to set our sights on the next challenge and push ourselves towards it. However, it can rob us of a sense of accomplishment and pride. By all means at all times have a goal in sight for your personal life, your professional life or your health and wellness… but that does not imply you should not take the time to look back every now and then. To reflect on all that we have achieved and all that we must be pleased with.
Self-reflection is an integral part of learning. Please do not deprive yourself of it. Or you could find yourself not only failing to appreciate your accomplishments but also making the same mistake twice.