Find The Joy in the Journey Because the Journey is Your Life
I think that the phrase “keep your eye on the prize” can be misinterpreted. My guess is that many people assume that it means if you take your focus off the end goal you’re never going to achieve that goal. To that I say, YOU’VE ONLY GOT IT HALF RIGHT.
Knowing where you’re going is incredibly important because without that you’ll never know when you get there.
You’ll exhaust yourself, endlessly searching for some mysterious place and mumbling under your breath, “I’ll know it when I see it.” At that point, you’ll get mad at yourself for not accomplishing anything and that is no way to live your life. You’re missing all of the beauty and celebration worthy moments along the way.
Here’s how I interpret “keep your eye on the prize”. When making a decision use “the prize” as a compass to help guide your choices. You can always make a new choice after that.
Keep in mind that “the prize” will often evolve and change over time and sometimes turn into a much cooler “prize”.
Just think you might have missed it if you put blinders on and focused solely on that first thing.
The key is to be right here right now. Pay attention. Notice the details. Get surprised. Get curious. Enjoy the beauty. Allow yourself to learn. Allow yourself to be wrong. Use all of your senses.
All of that time in between coming up with “the prize” and having it, is your life.
The things you’ll remember when you’re sharing stories of your past are about the connections with the people, the moments of growth, the special details that made those experiences uniquely yours.
Enjoy the journey!