Words from my wise friend, Michael M Reuter Leadership Development Director as SHU.
Great leaders know Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous words about life’s journey: Life is a journey, not a destination.” Greg Anderson adds to this writing: “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
Pause for a moment in these words: “Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Intellectually, great leaders know their truth and value. Unfortunately, the doing drive in the great leaders’ lives sometimes overshadows this reality, and precious moments of life are lost to the focus on the ultimate goal of completing the act. It could be the action of a physical exercise: I need to run today, or I need to go to the gym. It may be a visit to see someone to say hello. It could be a dinner commitment or a meeting. If the mindset is simply focused on checking the activity off of our calendar, we will have missed the joys, learning, love and beauty of those precious moments.
Anderson tell great leaders: “Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.” This is the simple key to incredible joy and happiness – to stop, pause and say to ourselves, “It’s about my journey. Enjoy each precious moment.” It is that simple. In all that you do, be mindful of each precious moment of your magnificent journey.” Remember always, life is a journey. Make it your mindset. In everything that you do, start with the reminder to yourself: Life is a journey. Enjoy the ride.