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 . . . 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.