Why The Journey Matters More Than The Destination

September 14, 2022
“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” — Arthur Ashe

A Story

Imagine someone telling you that there is an amazing prize waiting for you at the top of a mountain. It takes 7 hours to get to the top but it’ll be worth it. You decide to take the trek to the top of the mountain and on the way, you meet amazing people, try amazing food, and discover new activities like paragliding and rock climbing that you never thought you’d be doing, but loved nonetheless.

Throughout the whole journey, you cannot wait to see what prize is waiting for you at the top of the mountain. After hours of trekking and many new experiences along that way, you get to the top, and the prize was a rock. A boring old, round, palm-sized rock.

Would you be happy? No, of course not. But does that take away from all the new experiences you had, and loved, along the way?

No matter what the ‘prize’ at the end was, the journey was the same. And that’s life. You make what you will of the journey, not the destination.

The Facts

A Harvard study found that we spend almost 50% of our time thinking about the past and future, instead of focusing on the present, which leads to increased unhappiness.

“The journey is what brings us happiness, not the destination. — Dan Millman

Nowadays, there are countless self-help books and articles talking about teaching people how to improve their ‘destination’ and goals, rather than the journey which will ultimately build their character for success.

So, it turns out that you might not even need to reach your goal to be successful. By setting out to achieve a goal, you’re forming new habits and creating a purpose for your life. And no one can take those lessons away.

Successful people are adaptable and that adaptable nature comes from the journey, not the destination.

Have a great week!



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