The Lifelong Pursuit – Playing the Long Game over the Short Game
Discovering your goal, your purpose, your calling and sharing it with the world is the greatest gift you can give yourself and others. The world needs you and your passion.
When you’re pursuing a goal that resonates deep within you – the sort of goal that you know you cannot not do – you are unstoppable. However, it’s crucial that every fiber of your being knows that this pursuit is not a “short game”. Often we hear of overnight success stories which are merely an edited version of a much longer story, a story of falling and getting back up again, overcoming internal and external obstacles, trials, and rollercoaster rides.
Happiness and Success
The idea of achieving overnight success or that you should reach your goal after a couple of months or years can be detrimental to your motivation and wellbeing. In fact, as we explained in our article ‘Happiness = Success: How Science Has Redefined How Success Is Achieved’, it’s a common belief in our society that happiness is the byproduct of success. However, modern science and psychology have shown this is not the case. In his book The Happiness Advantage Shawn Achor explains “the most successful people, the ones with the competitive edge, don’t look to happiness as some distant reward for their achievements, they are the ones who capitalize on the positive and reap the rewards at every turn.”
Your Goal Is Part of Who You Are
When a goal becomes your purpose, there is a realization that this is not only a part of your life but is part of who you are. Pursuing your purpose means that you’re playing the long-game – a series of small moves that contribute to your lifelong pursuit, or as 30minMBA Founder and CEO Therese Gedda states in her interview for Swedish publication Bron “it becomes part of your DNA and your lifestyle.”
“True courage is risking being uncomfortable. The allure of a path that offers instant gratification can be tempting but when we commit to the pursuit of our purpose, we allow ourselves to thrive in ways we never imagined” Therese explains.
Recognizing Your Progression
Not everything can be or needs to be completed in an instant. Investing time and being consistent in your efforts is far more valuable to your pursuit. Writing down and acknowledging 3 things you did today that moved you closer to your goal will help you keep focused and realize that every day you are, indeed, living your purpose.