Forty-five years later, he received a note that the bottle had been found...mere yards from the spot where it has originally been thrown it in.
Are there goals in your life that haven’t quite gone the distance? For most, it’s common to feel disappointment from not accomplishing the great endeavors you dreamed of as a child. We have hopes of changing the world, traveling to every corner of the globe, being top-dog in our career, saving helpless orphans. And, when we hit mid-life and haven’t achieved all we set out to do, we feel as though we’ve failed.
It's an issue many Soulspring Groups members are quite familiar, and if these feelings are common to you, too, then perhaps it’s time to change your way of thinking. Instead of asking yourself...
- How much money do I make?
- How many square feet does my house contain?
- How will my job title sound at a high school reunion?
- How many people report to me?
- How many walls are needed to display my degrees, awards, honors, trophies and tributes?
What if you asked yourself...
- How many times did I refuse to quit?
- How many times did I learn from my mistakes?
- How many times did I make a comeback?
- How many times did I let somebody else have all the glory?
- How many times did I take criticism gracefully?
- How many times did I make someone’s day?
Notice how the first line of questioning has one thing in common; measuring your level of achievement based on other people’s opinions. The latter set of questions inspires deeper answers. Instead of basing our accomplishments on the size of your paycheck or the fancy options in your car, these are the true test of real achievement. They show what is deep down inside, and that’s what matters most.
Sister of Soul
Soulspiration of the Week:
“It has been said, ‘Accomplishment is socially judged by ill defined criteria so that one has to rely on others to find out how one is doing.’ It is our job to rise above it!” ~ Albert Bandura