In business it is all too easy to fool ourselves and believe that achieving some goal will make us happy. If I make that big sale, I’ll be happy. When I finish writing this post, that will make me happy.
Moving on to the Next Goal
Actually, making the sale or finishing this post does bring happiness and fulfillment. However, the joy is temporary and than the next challenge presents itself. That constant cycle of desire, action, achievement, fulfillment, and desire again is the nature of relative, material existence.
When I started my publishing company, even having begun meditating, I was so driven that I seldom paused to celebrate or appreciate even major accomplishments. As soon as I completed the goal, I was on to the next. I fooled myself again and again, acting as though achieving the next goal would bring me real happiness.
After a particularly wild and exhilarating evening at college, I remember having a revelation. Although I really enjoyed the evening, I realized it didn’t bring me lasting fulfillment. The best I could hope for would be to repeat the experience again and again.
It’s not that we should stop having fun or not work towards goals. [Read more…]