I’ve always loved the final scene in the movie Patton. George C. Scott is walking in the Luxembourg countryside not far from his wartime headquarters. As he contemplates the Allied Forces victory over Germany, he utters the last four words of the film: “All glory is fleeting.”
There is a practical application of these words to our businesses and our personal lives. As we pursue the goals we have set out for our companies and ourselves, we sometimes become too focused on the end results. When the goal line is finally crossed, we are sometimes surprised at the emotional letdown we feel. It’s almost anticlimactic and depressing. The joy we hoped to experience just isn’t there.
What causes these letdowns? As George C. Scott so aptly said, “All glory is fleeting.” This means that the joy of victory, of accomplishment, never lasts very long. That leads me to ask an important question:
Could it be that in the process of achieving our goals, we too often focus on the wrong things?
In his book Joy In The Journey, Guy Rice Dowd emphasizes the fact that the real joy in life is in the journey and not in the destination. As sweet and as tempting as the destination may seem, the real meat of our accomplishments lies in the journey, for it is in the journey that we prepare ourselves and become the people we need to be to receive the reward when we reach our destination.
Stop and think for a moment about your last major life accomplishment. Take a blank piece of paper and write the goal and what you accomplished across the top of the page. Then take some time and write down all of the things you learned in the process of achieving your goal.
- What new skills did you acquire, or what existing skills did you sharpen?
- What new relationships did you develop and what old relationships were changed and strengthened?
- How was your sphere of influenced expanded?
- What are the ripple effects of your accomplishment? How will this change the lives of others as you continue to move forward?
- What in your journey is worth celebrating?
- Who in the achievement process deserves recognition?
- How does your review of your journey make you feel? How has it prepared you for the next steps in your life, your business, or your career?
Set your eyes for achieving your own joy in your life’s journey. As you learn to savor each day, you will be amazed at the richness it will add to your life, and how it will enable you to add beauty and wonder to those around you.
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