On the face of it I like to think this quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson is wholly true as I
most definitely have a tendency to be a destination focused person driven by goals in business as well as my personal life with all the inherent risks associated with missing the finesse of the journey.....all too often in my case !
However, I can’t help but feel it’s not a question of one over the other, they both have intrinsic value and together build the foundations for progress when we set goals or destinations.
But let’s not forget that any journey in the physical sense requires the right equipment to help en-route to the destination so here are some thoughts I have on some important items to pack for the journey….
Heart - Is your destination big enough to be the ‘Why that makes you cry’, a colleague of mine uses this phrase a lot and its there as a bench mark. Is your destination important enough to you for you to overcome the obstacles you will face on the journey ?.
Belief - Start the journey with the belief that you can take the next step and focus on that…one at a time.
People - Surround yourself with people who will encourage you and people who will grow you, the environment you find yourself in will have a significant impact ( see point 4 ). For me this was fundamental and crucial, without the encouragement from a good coaching friend of mine I would probably still be waiting to take the first steps on a journey that has been so rewarding already.
Mind - We can choose to give energy to our thoughts or not, these thoughts are opportunities to make a positive change or opportunities that we allow to pass us by and leave us where we are. John Kehoe, author of Mind Power – into the 21st Century, coined the term 'The Great Trickster' when referring to the human mind. John says that our mind can fool, limit and deceives us in various ways. It knows our deepest inadequacies, fears and doubts and always projects onto us our greatest fear. The Great Trickster is that part of our mind that always throws at us the fear that something really bad is going to happen with the words, “What if…” . Our thoughts can work for us or against us on our journey but we can choose… fear and doubt or opportunity and success.
Plan – no one starts a journey without a map, even if it just gives you a direction rather than every hump and bump you will find on your journey. Spend time on preparing a good plan even though it may change during the journey, failing to plan is planning to fail.
Sight - Enjoy the journey in every small detail but never lose sight of the destination.
There will undoubtedly be many more essential items to pack for the journey than my list here but if our journey in life or business contains challenges that take us out of our comfort zone, that contain times of great revelation or insight, instances of satisfaction and success coupled with the odd ‘giant’ to overcome then the journey will most definitely enrich our lives reaching a destination that will have been worth the experience to arrive at.
The person we are at the start of our journey and the person we become at the end are often completely different. The journey allows us room to grow and prepares us for our chosen destination.
So, for me, I must learn to savour the journey with the destination firmly in my sight