Most adults rarely feel satisfied. When was the last time you stood back from an achievement feeling completely satisfied?

Most adults rarely feel satisfied. Perhaps it’s the price we pay for our hard-wired curiosity. Being curious creatures we’re always looking for more:  More Knowledge

  • More Love

  • More Opportunity

  • More Thrills

  • More Money

More . . . More . . . More!


But there’s a price tag on “more.”  When was the last time you stood back from an achievement feeling completely satisfied?  More might cost you a feeling of satisfaction.

When was the last time you felt satisfied?  If you’re like most, you’re remembering something from your childhood.

Satisfaction in increments

Kids compartmentalize. A child zeros-in on a specific outcome and, once achieved, is quite pleased. Sure he’ll up the ante next time zeroing-in on a bigger outcome (curiosity in action) but only after celebrating with satisfaction the success of the moment.

Expect to be satisfied

  • Success is defined by personal expectation, What do you expect?
  • Success is a by-product of refining skills, What are you practicing?
  • Everyone is successful at being a beginner first, Are your expectations realistic?

An adult’s broad perspective and ability to multitask can be advantageous unless it costs her incremental satisfaction. Children are free to expect incremental success because they aren’t yet experienced enough to see the big picture.

You are successful

Curiosity means that success is an on-going process rather than a destination, so destination-seekers will likely find satisfaction always just outside reach.  Feeling satisfied takes practice. Start practicing by remembering yourself as a beginner at something. Appreciate the perfection in all the mistakes you made. Mistakes are expected because mistakes are part of learning.  So, if you learned from your mistakes you were a successful beginner. Congratulations! It’s never too late to feel satisfied and celebrate.

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How often do you acknowledge a success and quickly add the word “but?”  A golfer’s example:   “Sure I broke 80 but I lost the match.”  How do you think this interferes with feeling satisfied? Please consider sharing your stories and help us all become wiser.




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Author: Lorraine Esposito

Lorraine Esposito 914-410-7502 Lorraine Esposito is a certified professional life coach, mentor coach, owner of The Center for Coaching Mastery at Westchester Community College in New York, and nationally recognized author of The Peacemaker Parent, Solving Problems for Today, Teaching Independence for a Lifetime, Lorraine is the featured life coach for a popular New York radio station, WFAS 103.9 FM and is in collaboration with and featured blogger for the National Football League and USA Football adding a ‘coach approach’ to coaching youth sports. Lorraine’s client base includes CEO’s in the entertainment industry, White House and Capitol Hill public affairs staff, entrepreneurs, global TED speakers, award winning writers, new coaches just starting out, successful business women between 40 and 55 looking for more out of life, and parents needing a little help making good on their parenting promises. Lorraine’s career matches the diversity in her coaching practices. Starting out in the rural mid-west, Lorraine has owned four small businesses; the first, an automobile repair center, started at age 16. Her corporate experience is mainly in negotiating multimillion dollar contracts as the buyer of domestic in-flight food and beverages for Trans World Airlines and then as a procurement manager for the New York City Transit Authority. Lorraine’s strength has always been creatively finding solutions to even the most complicated goal. In addition, Lorraine’s 30 years as a professional fitness coach continues to add depth to all her endeavors. She has been featured in various print, broadcast, and on-line media and is a public speaker regarding personal leadership to community and school-based audiences. Lorraine lives in New York with her husband and two teenage sons.

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