In the journey towards greatness its important to recognize where and how far you’ve come in life. Too often we get so destination oriented that we miss the blessing because we are so caught up in the end result. You can never celebrate what you didn’t appreciate. If you don’t appreciate the journey, you will never fully feel the joy of life.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some extremely successful people and even developed some meaningful relationships with some. As a student of life I always solicit any advice that they could provide. While I’ve gotten numerous responses, the one common piece they all say is enjoy the moment. Why? Because, success comes at a feverish pace that if you are not prepared for it, it can take you out.
One of the most fascinating interviews I’ve seen was when Oprah Winfrey interviewed author, J. K. Rowling. They covered a lot of things, but what stood out was when J.K. asked Oprah if she enjoyed her success and how did she get to that place. Oprah recounted the story of Michael Jackson when he recorded Thriller, that he had no idea that it would be the biggest selling album of all time. Thus, he spent the rest of his career chasing after Thriller and never took a moment to enjoy the journey.
While that is an extreme example, the principle is still the same. We must celebrate our journeys. Imagine you’ve just landed from a long trip and you have a 4 hour lay over. How do you spend your time? Are you thinking about what you’re going to do when you get to your final destination. Or perhaps, could you sit down relax and treat yourself to lunch or dinner at the airport? Neither choice is bad, but one is rooted in relaxation and joy,while the other is rooted in anxiety.
It’s important to know that we never arrive in life. While each achievement may seem like the thing that’s worth celebrating. In reality it’s who we became in the process to the journey.
Remember we have the ability to not only change our world, but the world as a whole….BE GREAT!!
Until Next Time,
Pervis Taylor, III is an Author, Life Coach, Speaker and Contributor. His books Pervis Principles Volume 1 and 2 are available exclusively on his website: www.pervistaylor.com/author. He is the creator of the inspiration mobile app, I-Inspire, available for IPhones, Ipad and Ipod Touch via: http://pervistaylor.com/i-inspire/. He resides in New York City. Follow him on twitter @pervistaylor or facebook www.facebook.com/pervistaylor3.