The other day, I was driving home from delivering a workshop in Derby, and in amongst the roar of the motorway, I had a thought which reminded me of something we very frequently forget.
This very moment is the one that you work for.
You don’t work hard 5 days a week for the annual holiday or for the family get-together at Christmas.
You might think that you do, but I’m telling you that you don’t.
You work as hard as you do (be it a 9-5, 8-6, self-employment, being a full-time parent, or carer), for moments like this one, reading this email.
You work hard for the moments where the breeze pours in through the window and momentarily refreshes your skin.
You work hard for the sense of purpose and accomplishment you get through your job.
You work hard for the skills and knowledge that this investment of time and energy teaches you.
You don’t work hard for an end goal; you work hard for the now.
Because the end goal never arrives. Let me clarify: when the end goal does arrive, it will be cunningly disguised as ‘now’.
So flip the switch.
Realise that this very moment is the one that you have been working your whole life for.
When you do that, you won’t have to use any strategies to help you feel grateful, proud or accomplished, you’ll be LIVING those feelings every single day!