Sometimes you think you’ve figured everything out, then you learn and realize you haven’t. I think that’s a good thing. It’s a fun thing to learn more about yourself and the ways you can improve yourself. – Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild goalie
It’s not the attainment of goals, but the process of striving after them that brings us happiness. We wouldn’t be happy to meet a goal and then stay in that comfort zone. Happiness comes from constant daily learning and improvement. As Mike Babcock says, “The process of improving is fun. The feeling of progress is fun.” It’s not just the big goals that bring us happiness either, like winning the Stanley Cup, graduating from school, or completing a big project. Even small steps toward growth, like learning how to use a new camera or keeping with a daily 5-minute meditation practice gives a boost of happiness.
From The Power Within:
The Tao Te Ching says, “All of life is a movement toward perfection” but it does not say a meeting of perfection. This is because our earthly journey does not include the meeting of perfection. As long as we are alive, we will continue to pursue that which we desire. But when one desire has been met, another will take its place. It is this phenomenon that keeps the life force pumping through us.
Though we’re always moving toward perfection, we’ll never meet it… and that’s a good thing! Perfection would mean that there was nowhere else to go, nothing we could improve upon or learn. We are happy when we are growing.
It is not the final success
that remains in your heart
or brings you satisfaction;
it is the day-after-day dedication
and endless belief
you have in yourself
that endures and continue
to push you on.
It is looking ahead, not behind;
it is knowing that
by taking one step forward,
other steps will follow,
and the journey you are on
will lead you to
wherever you want to go.
Game Plan: Strive for constant daily learning and improvement, but don’t expect perfection.