Too Ambitious To Be Grateful?
I will admit that I am a (somewhat) ambitious person. When I have an idea, I tend to tackle it aggressively, often working night and day until it’s done. I also tend to spend a lot of time thinking about what’s next. (In fact, this thinking/obsessing about what’s next is a kind of perpetual hum just beneath the surface of my life.)
If you asked me if I am grateful for the opportunities, relationships and things in my life, I would – of course – say yes. If you look at my life, it’s pretty clear that I way out-kicked my coverage. At the same time, my obsession with what’s next sometimes prevents me from taking the time to really internalize or express my gratitude.
This thought came to mind yesterday, and I think it’s one that will end up on my wall in some form: sometimes the best way forward is to look backward.
When we are constantly nexting, we miss opportunities to enjoy the wonderful journey we’re on. We miss the whole point.
In the words of a wise philosopher/rocker,
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon, Beautiful Boy
I don’t want to miss my life because I’m too busy worried about where it’s headed.
I hope that you will join me and take a few moments today to look backward before you move forward.
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I'm Todd Henry.
I write books, speak internationally on productivity, creativity, leadership, and passion for work, and help people and teams generate brilliant ideas. More