Learn to enjoy the journey

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I think it's a common problem today; we get so caught up in striving to achieve, to find our purpose, to find ourselves, comparing ourselves to others along the way.  Let's face it, everyones lives look pretty darn good on social media and sometimes we get caught up in that and start feeling all the negative emotions when our lives don't always feel so 'wow'.

But hang on a minute, haven't you read this sort of thing many times before... from those people who look as if they have the perfect lives? Yes, of course. I've been on this planet long enough to understand that life comes in all forms from imperfect to perfect (sometimes all within one day) and that we don't know what lies ahead. We need to trust it will all work out and ENJOY THE JOURNEY.

How often have you worked hard towards a goal, only to find that the euphoria you feel when you reach it, is short lived and you crave the next project? I'm guilty of this, for sure. I know I've always loved learning and working on assignments and briefs. That's where I've produced some of the work I'm most proud of. Of course, when I think this through, it's the planning and working on, that is so satisfying. The journey.

This isn't the case for everyone. I've had some in-depth conversations with my son about personality types. It's one of his interests. From this I've learned a lot about myself. I now understand I'm high in conscientiousness. Others of a different personality just wouldn't understand that whole planning thing - they function by winging it and if they can achieve that way and enjoy their journey that way, then great. It's all about finding what works for YOU. What is the part of your journey that you enjoy?

Obviously you need to do some research and learn about what makes your wheels spin. A good place to start is taking an online personality test and being honest. There's so much more to understanding how you are unique, but as I said, it's a good place to start.

And so heading into the next few months before Christmas and the new year begins, I want to intentionally step back and smell the roses. I have strong mixed feelings about the rush into Christmas, but yesterday on my walk, I smelled something as I walked past that jolted my memory to a lovely pre-Christmas time. It's those sorts of things I want to focus on. Finding the joy in the journey. Little steps. One day at a time stuff. It's time to go back to my mantra of finding the magic in my everyday. I hope you'll join me:

PS... I'm an ISFJ if you're wondering. I found this out years ago when I was working and I always felt inferior being an Introvert when Extroverts seemed to rule. Now, with my many discussions with my son, I feel very happy in my skin and my ISFJ type and realise there's a place for everyone. Knowing more about what makes you you can really help with your path forward.

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