Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Call it what you will. Fulfillment. Purpose. Happiness. We all want to feel like we’re doing the “right” thing and, on our deathbeds, we want to look at our lives with pride, not regret. Of course, when we first set out on our respective journeys, we can never be completely sure we’ve chosen correctly. As we make our way through life, we may question our decisions.
Maybe I should have worked for a different company, lived in a different city, or pursued a different career. And as gratifying as it may be to realize that you did indeed choose the “right” track, that’s not enough. I’ve written before about how one of the greatest sources of happiness is a sense of perceived progress.
The quote above is most commonly attributed to Will Rogers, though some sources link it to Mark Twain or John Ray. Regardless of the original source, its message perhaps rings even truer today than when it was first uttered. Remember that just a decade ago, we didn’t have iPhone, Kindle or Uber. The world is evolving at an increasingly faster pace and if you stand still, you will indeed get run over.
Something that is really important to point out here is one “track” is not necessarily or inherently better than another. You can find that sense of life purpose and enjoy happiness through any number of possible decisions. One person may find the most joy traveling around the world alone, experiencing diverse cultures from every corner of the globe.
But that same person, under different circumstances, may be equally happy settling down with the love of their life, raising their 2.5 kids in the suburbs with a white picket fence. No choice is inherently better than the other; they’re just different. Regardless of which track you choose, though, remember to keep moving forward every day.
What are you doing today to create a better tomorrow? How are you getting yourself that much closer to achieving your goals?