When You Win What Happens Next?
Most of us are pretty competitive and that leads to putting out the effort needed to succeed. 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.
But the next question is pretty important? What happens next? After everyone stops clapping, or you have admired your 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 enjoy the rewards.
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 up late doing one more task that really could wait. His work habit just never seems to turn off. Someone asked him when he was going to retire. He paused and asked, “Then what would I do?”
So how do you enjoy the rewards for a job done well?
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 has a chance to clear and life has a whole new perspective when the afternoon is absolutely free.
Learn to delegate a little more.
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.
Take a little time to determine where you are headed
And is that what you want? Success can secure your position, but it may not open the next door, the one that fills other wishes. If you want to really enjoy your success, use a little bit of the new freedom to consider new avenues or ways to branch out. Those new vistas may generate a whole new round of good things.
The happiest people I know have not always been the richest or most illustrious ones. The ones who seemed really happy were apt to be relaxed and smiling most of the time. It looked like they had 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.