Not too long ago, I was a management consultant working for a small firm with BIG clients. Day in and day out I worked with managers to help them drive business results for their organizations. While I was doing that, I was also a manager trying to drive business results for my organization.
I was really great at my work. A high potential manager. On the cusp of tremendous achievement in my career. Much like you.
But I was unhappy. I experienced conflict with colleagues. I was lonely and sad. I was feeling lost and unable to see through the fog of my circumstance. Sound familiar?
So I began doing some research. I read books – a lot of them. I hired coaches – 2 of them!
And I began the journey of learning the fundamentals of life, the tools of happiness, and the unique collection of practices that could bring incredible fulfillment to people in my situation.
I realized that what I wanted in life could not be fully realized without success in business. I immersed myself in learning everything I could about feeling successful in business and life. I learned from the masters: From Peter Drucker to Steven Covey, and from mainstream to spiritual wisdom. I began to create structures for myself that helped me succeed.
What I have learned most is this:
Happiness is the journey, not the destination. It is not a given. It is a direct result of the way in which you come at, interpret and recover from challenges. It is an intentional path that is created through attentive design. It does not come by chance, but by awareness and action on what you most desire.Here is what I know:
- Managers matter.
- Matters of personal introspection and deep understanding are as crucial to your success in business as the work and the deadlines that people prioritize most.
- Today, you can feel satisfied and engaged in your current job, and valued in your role, no matter what.
- It’s not ‘life or work’; it’s about living the life you’ll love, including work.
- Business schools don’t have all the answers.
- The quality of your life is directly proportional to the quality of the questions you ask yourself.
So ask yourself this:
In 1 year from now, looking back on my life and the results it produced, what needs to have happened so I can feel good about my progress?