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I don’t know about you, but I love getting stuff done.

It feels sooooo good. So satisfying.

And yet.

When all the focus is on getting to a goal, whatever that goal may be – whether it’s losing weight, or getting a new job, or becoming spiritually enlightened – all that Goaly McGoalerton focus has a way of deteriorating our enjoyment of the moment.

It messes with us a little, you know what I mean?

Yeah, that’s a nice sunset and everything, but I still have weight to lose/haven’t gotten my dream job yet/am not spiritually enlightened.

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But what if there was a way to have both?! To go for the gusto, pursue your goals with abandon, AND enjoy every moment of getting there?!

Yeah well. There is!

I recently had a little realization about just this very thing and I’d like to share it with you.

It started when I noticed how happy I’ve been lately.

It’s not that I was miserable before that, but there’s definitely been more of a happy happy happy vibe lately.

And not hyper-this-isn’t-going-to-last-happy. More like a deep thrum of Haaaaaaaapy. Like, Satisfied.

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What’s up? I asked myself. How’d I get to such a groovy place?

The answer was deceptively simple.

I’ve been so happy because I’m feeling good about what I’m doing every single moment of every day.

That’s cool, right?

Then I had another question for myself.

But I’ve got all these big goals, many of which aren’t accomplished yet. Why am I so happy NOW?!

Again, the answer was clear and simple.

Yes, I’ve got big goals, but I’m not putting all my focus on them. Instead, in any given day, I’m focusing on – and enjoying – the steps I’m taking to get to my goals.

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If you want to stick to Goaly McGoalerton language, you could say I’m setting weeny little micro goals for myself every day, and then accomplishing them.

So every day I get the satisfaction of accomplishing something.

And, what makes it even cooler, is that the something I accomplish each day is another step closer to an even bigger something that I desire.

Extremely groovy, right?!

What’s also groovy is that what I’m talking about isn’t difficult.

I’m not saying you should go out and run a marathon tomorrow. Indeed, if marathons are the subject, I’m saying you should go out and run less than a marathon tomorrow. You should run whatever amount you’re ready for at this stage of your training.

Which, let’s face it, is a lot more enjoyable than forcing yourself to run a whole lotta miles you’re not ready for yet.

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There’s an expression people trot out when the subject of goals and accomplishment is brought up. The one about how the journey is the destination.

Yeah, that’s cool and everything, but destinations are also really fun. They’re satisfying.

And that’s why I’m enjoying my latest revelation so much.

I get to enjoy both the journey and the destination.

I get to have my cake and eat it too.

Which, if you think about it, is really the way to go.

Cake doesn’t taste very good if you don’t eat it!

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How do you enjoy both the journey and the destination? Share your comments below!

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