Monthly Archives: March 2015

Reversing the Senses

It’s one of life’s great ironies that many high achievers are unhappy and unfulfilled. Their ambition and drive has taken them to places at which few ever arrive. Yet it’s also that drive which leaves them perpetually dissatisfied, never pausing to enjoy the fruits of their labor or savor the essential moments in life. Instead, they continue an unfulfilling and unending pursuit of the next big thing. For high achievers, successes cannot live up to their lofty anticipation of “true success” or satisfy their ultimate ambitions to achieve “greatness.” In many situations, they are all but blind to the good already in their life, focusing instead on negatives and shortcomings. As a result, high achievers often put tremendous pressure on themselves and are even reluctant or unwilling to accept praise or recognition for their achievements. Haunted by a personal conviction that they are destined to fail, obsessing over the inadequacies in their lives and in those around them, yet driven by an overwhelming desire to achieve greatness, they have no time to truly live life. High achievers are consumed by visions of the future, while in the present, negative perceptions of the world and themselves control their thoughts and actions. In my own life, I’ve found that no amount of money or worldly acclaim can compensate for a deep and abiding sense of internal harmony–the irreplaceable feeling that comes from knowing you’re on the right track. Doing the right things for the right reasons and being the best you can. I’ve also discovered that all too often we “fish in the wrong ponds” in our quest to achieve more. We read business and leadership books looking for tips and strategies–things we can do, actions we can take. We believe we can get to the next level by revamping our business model, revolutionizing our marketing strategies, reaching the right people, getting access to more capital, etc. The truth is that while all these things may be useful, they are not keys that unlock new levels. They are not true solutions for the real issues we face. Read more on The Huffington Post