In blog posts, books, and podcasts, our most celebrated self-improvement guru’s preach endless forward motion in the pursuit of our goals. “Grow or Die!” read the subject line of a recent email update I received from an uber-successful entrepreneur.
In today’s motivational culture, there is too much emphasis on continual development and insufficient credence given to the simple idea of enough.
This advice is given with the best intentions. And… agreed. We ought never to settle for mediocrity. But, how often do we hear commands to pause every once and a while and truly appreciate what we have now, instead of constantly working towards something better?
When is something finally good enough? When is it time to sit back realize that perhaps the lives we are living beautiful and amazing, right here and now?
Even if it’s not looking back at the mountains we’ve climbed, it’s vital that we pay attention to, and enjoy, that which we already are and have. The hamster wheels that movies like Fight Club so vividly warn us about are very real. Many of us have awakened to them and risen above, only to be caught in the same traps, just at a higher level.
We must spend more time looking at our lives and ourselves and think, “this is beautiful and perfect, as it is in this moment.” Sometimes our most profound growth results from being happy with who we are now.
Finally, make sure to have a balanced diet of inspirational content. Mix up your reading/listening material with both "hustle" speech from creators like Gary Vaynerchuck and Tim Ferriss with an equal amount of reminders for peaceful living from teachers such as Ekhart Tole and The Dalai Lama.
Leave me a comment below. What are your thoughts on today’s motivational culture? Who are your favorite creators on the topic of peaceful living?
Ethan Small has been posting to Friendly Warrior since 2013 with his experiences and wisdom to inspire others to improve their quality of life.
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