When You Succeed, Do You Really Achieve Health & Happiness ?

Most of us are pretty competitive by nature, and that's often where our natural desire and effort to succeed stems from. If we do it right, we wind up with a bigger bank account, lots of fun acquisitions, and a list of awards and honors. Hard work, determination and talent really do pay off. And sometimes we run out and treat ourselves to dinner, a new car, or a new wardrobe.

But the real question is, "how did that work out?" After everyone stops clapping, or you have admired your new acquisitions again and again, are you still grinning? Maybe not. Some of us work very hard to get things, and then find that the thrill is gone.

One of my many calendars says, “True wisdom is achieving success and then being able to enjoy it.” If long hours and nonstop work sessions were required to put you where you wanted to be, it may be time to drop back and learn how to enjoy life.

I have an uncle who has worked hard all of his life and used his talents to accumulate everything he ever wanted. But when I drop by to see him I often find him doing one more task that really could wait. His work habit just never seems to turn off. Someone ask him when he was going to retire. He paused and asked, “Then what would I do?”

Learn how to enjoy life as much as you do achieving it. Start by taking a little time here and there and be sure to unplug. At first it may be very hard to step away from your calls, emails and check-in discussions with work, but then you may feel a new creativity brewing. Your head clears and life has a new look when the afternoon is absolutely free.

Learn to delegate. You may have made it to the top with absolute attention to everything, but if you are doing it right you have good workers around you who can carry out the work and will appreciate the chance to jump in and show you. Put up a sign on your fridge or your desk that asks, “So what are you thankful for?” Take time to determine where you are headed? Success can secure your position, but it may not open the next door. Consider ways to branch out. New vistas can generate new successes and be fun.

The happiest people I know have not always been the richest or most illustrious. The really happy ones were relaxed and smiling most of the time. They picked the right job and learned to pace their work. And most important, they may have learned to enjoy what they had when they had it. We all have many things to be grateful for. We just have to see them and remember to say thank you.

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