There can be a moment – and you need to have your eyes wide open to catch it – when you realize that you’ve accomplished what you’ve set out to do.
You got the degree, you got the promotion.
You built the business, you cleaned the garage.
Your garden is just how you envisioned it, your kids are in school.
Whatever you dreamed, well, you dreamed it right into existence.
And the thing you do next, in that moment-after-realization, will prove critical.
You can, as some folk do, feel a profound sense of loss because the avid pursuit of anything can be compelling. The hunt can give you a reason to get up in the morning and put one foot in front of the other. It’s like the stress of getting “there” (or anywhere, for that matter) is the only motivation that matters to you.
You might, as some folk do, hurriedly seek out Another Thing To Accomplish because idle hands are the Devil’s playground (or some other nose-to-the-grindstone sort of phrase). It won’t do to be braggy or rest on your laurels – no one says that’s the way to get ahead! Plus, there is just so much to do every single day.
Or, it’s also entirely possible in the moment of realization to find the space to take a breather. You might consciously slow down, get calm, clear, and centered to reflect on the journey you’ve taken. You could, in that moment of stillness, feel extraordinarily grateful for the ability to accomplish what you’ve accomplished and honored by the people who helped you along your path.
You find time to allow yourself to be filled up by the honest and honorable pride in doing something that mattered to you. Maybe even to the world.
And after that rest – however long or short it may need to be – you trust that you will naturally find your Next Thing.
Because in the stillness you were reminded that any good thing you do is born of curiosity, driven by integrity and delivered with care.
You treasure reflecting on your success because it points your way toward more of the same.
Quiet, thoughtful space to consider and appreciate – it’s not what our go-go-go culture suggests because it’s not very tweet-able or shareable.
But, I assure you, it is the thing the most successful people do, time and time again.