November 9, 2012 by Sarah
This morning I went for a walk and saw an elderly man playing golf in a local park. It’s a beautiful day here and he’d set himself up with a few clubs, happily chipping balls at a nearby target. Seeing this old fella totally lost in the moment made me realise how much my mindset has changed over the past year.
If I’d stumbled across the same scene a year ago, my first thought would have been ‘how nice it must be to be retired – to do what you want, when you want’. I’d then dream of winning lotto so I could retire early, sit back and relax. So much of my life was spent thinking this way. Each week I’d be holding out for the weekend and most days I’d be focused on just getting my ‘to do’ list done. I was simply wishing time away.
Two years into my career I remember someone asking me what my ultimate career goal was. My response was immediate. I wanted to be successful. When this person kindly asked for a definition of ‘success’ I really struggled to define what I meant. I spent a lot of time trying to come up with an answer and while doing so realised that, at the time, success to me meant getting up the career ladder as quickly as possible so that I could then sit back and relax.
It’s taken a while but I’ve now come to realise that real personal success comes from the means rather than from the end. It’s comes from how I approach each day and embrace each moment – and where I end up at the end of the day, week or lifetime doesn’t really matter.