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Why You Need To Stop Chasing Success And Learn How To Enjoy The Small Things In Life


Do you feel like you’re constantly rushing somewhere?

The great philosopher Alan Watts once said that our lives are pretty much songs and the only thing we need to do is dance to that melody.

I mean, think about it, when you listen to music, you dance because you become one with the music, you become one with the vibrations around you. You simply enjoy the song without the thinking about getting to the end of the song. You exist in that moment.

So, why can’t we do that exact same thing when it comes to our lives?

Why do we always hope for something better in the future and ignore the beauty of the present moment?

We believe that the only way to discover destination happiness is if we first reach great success in life. We are so focused on being successful, being someone who matters and being more than we are, that we actually forget the reason for our existence.

We forget to savor the daily moments that are quickly passing us by. We rush through life thinking that the more we achieve, and the more we experience, the happier we’ll eventually be. We forget to stop, smell the flowers, fall in love with the sky, say good morning to a random person, feel the breeze on our skin and the morning rain on our face. And so, we forget to live.

We miss out on those small things in life just because we’re focused on the thrill of success.

Why do we keep doing these things to ourselves?

We don’t need to prove anything to anyone. Life is not a competition.

It is true. Material possessions and finances help us settle and have a comfortable life. And that is a truly important thing. Also, the satisfaction we get from reaching a certain goal that we’ve been working on for a long time is simply inexplicable. The feeling of achieving something you love is an extraordinary feeling.

But I believe that we are focusing on the wrong things.

Most people I’ve known have climbed very high, they’ve reached heights no one ever even imagined existed. Yet, they always seem like they are not very content with what they got.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that you should just give up on your goals, go lay in your comfort zone and let life flow. I’m just saying that we need to open our eyes and see how much we’re missing out on.

We have to stop waiting until we get that paycheck, until we finally go on vacation, until the right person comes along, until we have more money, until we accomplish a certain goal until we’re finally ready. Because guess what?  We’ll never feel 100% ready.

If you keep waiting for that sign, you’ll most likely end up waiting for the rest of your life.

The main goal in life is not to chase after the next big thing. The main goal is to live fully. To make your own rules, to enjoy as much as you can and to play the game according to them. The main goal is to dance to the song, not wait for it to end.

Most people don’t realize that the things they supposedly “have to do” are not imposed on them by a certain greater force. They are doing that themselves. They fail to realize that they are the ones who have caged themselves. They fail to realize that the only ones responsible for their choices are themselves.

However, when one becomes aware of this and starts making changes, that is exactly when the real magic happens.

If this is you, I encourage you to take a step forward and redesign your life.

Your life is meant for much greater things than you can imagine. The only person standing in your way is you. The power to change everything and start all over again lies within you. You just have to let go of everything that is holding you back, take a leap of faith, believe in the process and change.

Once you stop rushing through life and stop chasing the thrill of success, you’ll finally have the time and energy to appreciate the magic of each and every moment.

And only then you’ll see why it is so important to focus on those small things in life.

Stephanie Reeds