Enjoy the Journey

By • on January 20, 2009

As we are at the onset of a brand new year, I want to share three little words with you… “Enjoy the Journey.” Along with I love you and I am sorry, Enjoy the Journey is one of the three most important three-word phrases in our lives. If you are a person that only lives “for the moment,” you probably have encountered some issues with work, your personal life and relationships; knowingly or unknowingly. While living for the moment sounds great, it generally does not coincide with a very productive life and balanced mindset.

When I suggest enjoying your journey, I don’t merely mean to pause and reflect or to use the old adage “Stop and smell the roses.” I mean to enjoy what you do in life…every step of the way. Now, everyday is not going to be perfect, nor will everything go your way. But you have a responsibility to yourself to bask in the moments of your life; all of them…and continue moving forward.

We can, once again, take a lesson from the mighty Rhino. While the Rhino is not caught up in the same trapping as human beings, he does have a reason for existence other than charging. And so do we. When we are busy it is easy to become stressed when we realize that our plates are too full and that we have too many responsibilities. At this point we have a choice between two courses of action:

We can either A) Choose to allow the stress of having too much work get to us, causing us to display a bad attitude or tyrannical behavior, or B) Remember that this particular moment is exactly what we have dreamt of and wanted for many years and enjoy the process and realize that we planned it this way.

On the freezing cold, dark night when George Washington was crossing the Delaware, he did not have time to pause and complain about the circumstances. He forged ahead with his plan, not knowing for sure of its outcome, but basking in the warmth of his journey is what got him and his troops to their eventual historic and victorious destination. In fact he once said, “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” President Washington understood enjoying the journey.

Great leaders should make a point everyday to enjoy themselves and their surroundings. Try integrating the following advice into your daily routine. You might be surprised to find that you are happy and that you really enjoy your journey.

  • Ask a co-worker to lunch and pay for it. Choose someone that you do not meet with or dine with on a regular basis. Pick someone who is not in your department or whom you rarely have contact with. You will learn another aspect of the company and eventually will hear someone else’s interpretation and viewpoint. If you are in a lead position, you might want to suggest this habit to your co-workers. This type of behavior is infectious and will yield very positive results in addition to giving you a break from the mundane.
  • Call your significant other at a time that you do not normally call them. It might uplift both of your spirits. Do not discuss anything stressful. Tell them that you are looking forward to seeing them later or bring up vacation. Just call to let them know that you are thinking about them and that they are part of the reason that you work as hard as you do.
  • STOP stressing and smile. You are only one person and can only do so much in a day. Handle, with diligence, what you can and then leave work knowing that you did your very best. Tomorrow is another day, so go home and enjoy your friends or family.

The Rhino realizes every second of his existence that he has many responsibilities. Once his herd is safe, even a Rhino relaxes and enjoys his life. When a Rhino charges, he charges with fervor, enthusiasm and a clear vision, and yes, he does enjoy the journey towards success and victory.

Keep Charging Hard!


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