Let me start off by saying this: it’s not about the destination. Never has been. Never will be. The purpose of a journey is to prepare you for where you’re headed. Stephen Covey told us that beginning with the end in mind is one of the 7 habits of highly effective people but I disagree. Starting a journey with your mind set on what the end should be will only lead to destination addiction. This is a term that was introduced to me by Huffington Post blogger, Gabrielle Treanor in her post, “Do You Have Destination Addiction?”
Gabrielle’s main goal was to point out the fact that people are addicted to destinations instead of appreciating the journey. There are people who are never content with where they are and what they have and always feel like if they had something else they’ll finally be happy. However, as soon as they reach that destination and achieve what they convinced themselves would make them happy, they’re off to a new path.
Here are 5 signs that you may have destination addiction:
- Your happiness is short lived.
- You want something until you have it.
- You always feel like you’re not enough or not doing enough.
- You compare your life to others.
- Your journeys are always short lived.
To be happy is to be at peace.
If you are never happy with your circumstances or your happiness never lasts, you’re never at peace with yourself. Say it with me: I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I am exactly where I am supposed to be. The cure for destination addiction is to appreciate the journey for all it has to offer. Appreciate the priceless things that you have been blessed with such as your life, your friends, your family, your significant other, your mobility, your vision, your hearing, shelter, food, etc. Gabrielle tells us that looking forward to new experiences can be a source of happiness in itself; however, you can sacrifice that happiness simply by always looking forward to future dreams. When the universe thinks you’re prepared to advance, you will do just that.
Every step of your life is to be conquered; every step comes with a key to genuine happiness. You must find that key each time in order to go to the next level. Get rid of that destination addiction and find your happiness…even before you arrive to where you’re headed.
To read the original blog, click here and head to Huffington Post.
Thanks for reading!