Let me tell you about a dream I had last night.
I wanted to get a burger at 5 Guys. I’ve never had one from there and a new 5 Guys had opened up in our city.
When I went there, it was packed. The line wasn’t out the door, but it might as well have been. I don’t like lines like that. They get stressful and people often get mean. So I started strategizing.
I decided to step outside, call in my order from my cellphone, and relax while it was being prepared.
The problem was…I didn’t have my cellphone. I wracked my brain to figure out where I left it. I also tried figuring out who I knew that would let me use their office phone to make the call.
As I was looking up to get the 5 Guys number off the sign, I realized I already had a burger. And I’d eaten half of it!
I’d been so focused on the seeking, that I hadn’t even realized I’d been munching on my burger. Somewhere along the way, I’d accomplished my goal. But I had such tunnel-vision, I missed it.
Sometimes success isn’t about the journey
I blogged about the fundraising implications of this dream over at FundraisingCoach.com. But I really think this dream is about life.
It got me wondering: am I so focused on building my business and helping others that I am not realizing I already have achieved some of my goals.
Self-employment is amazing. The most exhilarating thing I’ve done, and the scariest. There’s no HR office to work with, no regular paychecks, no planned vacation days. Nothing happens financially unless I start it.
It’s easy to get so focused on building the business that I forget how much has been accomplished. I get so focused on getting the hamburger, I fail to see the one in my hand. And if I do recognize it, I’m too busy worried about where the next hamburger will come from to enjoy the one I have.
They say that success is a journey, not a destination. But sometimes it is a destination…at least a rest stop on the journey.
I think this dream was an invitation for me. An invitation to enjoy what I have, savor it, cherish it. Family, friends, things, all of it.
I don’t have any formula for this recognizing and enjoying these rest stops. But I think that knowing they exist will help. It’s like GI Joe used to say, “Knowing is half the battle!”
How about you? How do you recognize and enjoy your accomplishments?