Progress Equals Happiness
March 9, 2017
As one of my favorite life coaches, Tony Robbins, says, “Progress = Happiness.” When I learned this simple saying from Tony, I used it to change and improve my life in many ways. He taught me that achieving your goals will not make you happy, progress will. “The secret to real happiness is progress. If we can make progress, we feel alive… We’re not supposed to sit at the table of success and just feel good about ourselves forever,” he says. “What makes us feel alive is growing.”
We are conditioned to believe that we will not be happy until we achieve our goals.
Goals are a funny and weird thing. We are all conditioned to believe that achieving our goals will make us happier, that our life will be amazing and perfect when our goal list is empty and completed. As it turns out, it is the exact opposite (eek!). Achieving all of your goals will actually make you miserable (say what!?). That’s right, and there is a simple reason as to why.
It’s because the secret to happiness in life comes from making progress on the things you care about, NOT actually achieving all of your goals.
Imagine if you completed every single goal on your list. Yes, you would be happy for a day, a month, or maybe even a year. But if you stop there, you stop progressing. You stop growing. And that is why achieving your goals is not what makes you happy. PROGRESS in your everyday life leads to ultimate happiness. If you are purposely delaying your happiness because you have not achieved your goals, it might be a good idea, or a great one, to reassess where you’re at. Be happy with what you have today, and in this moment. Do not wait for you goals to be checked off to be happy. Be happy right now and continue to progress! Getting material items is not going to make you happy, either. Even something such as a relationship may be exciting for a while but, if you don’t continue to grow in the relationship, it will not stay exciting! While achievements and material items may make you feel excited and ecstatic for a moment, the only thing that will make you happy long term is knowing that you are making progress and growing every day. One thing that we must remember is that while change is automatic – progress is not. You do not have to work on changing. Change is automatic. Whether you work hard or you don’t, change is going to happen.
Making progress on something you care deeply about will make you happy. And if you’re not making progress on something important now, that’s a great place to start.
Just ask yourself 2 simple questions:
- What’s important to me RIGHT NOW?
- What can I do to make progress on that thing, TODAY?
And remember, progress results from actively and consciously choosing to create a life you love, a life where you can’t wait to jump out of bed in the morning because you are growing, contributing, impacting and serving.
Progress, and live the life you want to live! You are amazing!
XoXo, Tara C.