The Journey is The Game

Snowy morning in my hometown. Wish I was on a mountain with boards strapped to my feet (I’m talking about my outright love of skiing, for my dear friends in warmer climates). Thinking about success – and what it’s really all about.

One of the dominant values of our world is that we win once we reach our goals/objectives/mountaintops. We can only feel fulfilled when we get to the end of our quest and arrive at the place we’ve longed to reach. We can call ourselves successful only once we’ve done our dreams. Then we get to celebrate. Because we’ve arrived at our beautiful destination.

But what if that value we hold so very closely to our hearts is wrong? What if the real game is the journey – not the end. What if the very meaning of success is about loving/embracing/experiencing the journey towards our cherished ambitions versus reaching the mountaintop?

What I’ve found in my own life is that it’s what the climb to my loftiest goals makes of me and evokes from within me that’s most important. As I aim high and reach for my dreams, the best within me expresses itself. Resources I didn’t know I had begin to shine. I realize I am stronger, better, wiser than I gave myself credit for. And so are you. Absolutely.

Here’s the thing: These human gifts only begin to appear as you walk towards what you most want. It’s the journey itself that introduces you to the magnificence of all you are. So why shouldn’t we honor it? And maybe getting your goals done, while exceedingly important, is just icing on the cake.

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20 Responses to “The Journey is The Game”

  1. Steve says:

    Hello Everyone, If I might interpret this blog. It’s really the dynamics of expansion and contraction: we expand in direct proportion to the size of our goals. Once our goal is attained there is a contraction to the new, larger self. After such a successful and rewarding tour it is natural upon returing to snowy TO to experience a relaxation/contraction/cessation of the energys you were expending- a sort of returning to the well.
    Thank you for always encouring, even enticing us to always be questing for a larger life! Enjoy your family time and holidays Mr.S
    PS: There is some great Christmas music for guitar out there..;)

  2. RATHIGA DE HANABELL says:

    I STARTED READING YOR BOOKS NOT JUST LONG AGO AND AM GREATLY STUNNED BY THE TRUTHS THEY HAVE TO OFFER.
    JUST AS I HAD BEGUN QUESTIONING ABOUT LIFE AND ITS PURPOSE AND WHEN I WAS SEEKING FOR ANSWERS, YOUR BOOKS CAME TO ME OUT OF SUMWHERE.
    NOW I FEEL THAT I M ABLE TO FUNCTION BETTER WITH THE ENLIGHTENMENT FROM YOUR BOOKS.
    HAVE BEEN TRYING TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THE FOLLOW UP PRACTICES AND HOPE I WILL BEGIN TO C THE FRUITS SOON..
    I M SO GLAD I HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW YOU..
    THANKS.

  3. robin says:

    Thanks for your post Steve. I try to read all posts and very much appreciate yours (the poet comment was profound for me).

    Thanks also to each of you who make the time to post comments and reflections on my blogs.

    As we near the holidays, i wish every member of our wide and rich community of Leaders Without Titles peace, abundance, happiness and success as we move into 2009.

  4. Danny says:

    Robin,
    Continue your great insights into leadership and being a great person. I just finished reading your Guide to Greatness(great book) and found your website while reading. I also loved the Monk who Sold his Ferrari. I was actually in Hawaii and I couldn’t put down the book while vacationing with the wife.
    I feel so much energy when I read your book.

    Danny

  5. A.Dyuti says:

    “What if the real game is the journey – not the end” – that was indeed thought-provoking! Thanks for providing enough food for thought for a whole week! For, this requires some remoulding of attitude!

  6. kumar says:

    Dear Mr.Robin, Great insight. The happiness of achieveing the goal/target is on the way that every minute that we hunt. great. kumar.

  7. Linda says:

    Dear All, Most of my life I believed it was the destination where happiness was found, but I realized that it was the journey that was meant to be cherished, because so many of my ultimate destinations weren0‰9¢ã6¾4t what I expected. I think because I reached them on autopilot, not reflecting along the way to review my goals and to make sure that I was climbing the right mountain. Now, as I stay aware of the direction I am heading and enjoy the moments along the way, not only has the journey become more beautiful, but I know that I am certain to reach the right mountaintop. : )

  8. Supriya says:

    Dear Robin,
    Your books are inspiring, your thoughts are awesome and meeting you in person would definitely be an awe-inspiring experience!!! Please let me know, when your next trip to India is scheduled (2009. I truly believe that finding one’s true calling in life is the key to happiness and enjoying the journey of life with your near and dear ones makes the experience enriching.

    Thanks and regards,
    Supriya

  9. Justine says:

    Yes! Stretching and scultping goals is such a personal exercise. Sometimes our goals are rewritten in way that is beyond our control with the ulitmate result being beyond anything anyone could possibiliby have imagined – let alone ourselves. My most favourite new phrase is ” I’m open to saying yes”. My kids love that phrase…it’s just a “maybe” in disguise with a more positive spin. I have no idea why I’m even writing here. I guess it’s time to write again for me. Ciao.

  10. Manmohan Kothari says:

    Dear mr. Robin,

    Great insight. This just made me go back to one of Shakespeare’s plays where he mentioned something similar. Yes, there is nothing known as Perfect we are all going through a Continual Process of improvement. Had we reached our goal we will be God ourselves. Hence let us all agree that we are in a Journey and let us enjoy that.

  11. Harshi says:

    Really beautifully written. Thank you Robin.

  12. Waheeda Sureshbabu says:

    Hi Mr.Sharma, during a visit to Mumbai, I picked up your ” The Greatness Guide 2″.I read it in 24 hrs.You delieverd powerful mantras in a very relaxed manner.I am not a big CEO nor work for elite organizations. I never had a mentor in my life,but your book has taught me by shaping and analyzing my personal life,I can map out the destiny for my professional career. My goal for 2009, will be to attend your seminars. Thank you for the great insights.

  13. qian xing says:

    I am a college student.Since reading your book,I feel that I was in darkness before.Now I am taking efforts to change my life.But I am very tierd.I can’t get up early at morning because of the hard work from study and students’ union.how can I do.

  14. shahzad tejani says:

    i feel so great just by reading it. just imagine once i put forth in my practical life. how it would transform my life. i am truly blessed after i came across you. i bought and read almost every book you have written uptil now. The best book of yours is the greatness guide,i regard as a sacred book of life. i desperately wanted you to be my personal coach. Best Regards;

  15. Dev says:

    Dear Robin,

    Your books and videos are so amazing – I just want to watch it over and over again, and you make reading your book so fun. Thank you so much for this.

  16. Thank you Robin!
    Our society is very much into goalsetting, as coaches are, but we don´t emphisize enough the journey in itself. My experience is that goals change during the journey when you evolve, experience and learn. You dont´t just want to reach a goal it should be the right goal for you at this particular pont in life.
    Thank you again for your always inspiring words.

    Always stay curious:-)

    Nina

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  18. Anantham N T says:

    Dear Robin,

    I am a great fan of you , has gone through most of the books you have written. The Greatness Guide is a good companion, guide , philosopher and a self teacher with the thoughts you have shared.I’m sharing the thoughts with my colleagues and friends. Your writing is really inspirational one .
    At the earliest opportunity I would like to meet you when you are in India next. Best Regards..

  19. umasankar prasad says:

    after reading this I am doubting about my thinking pattern that i was always right.

    thank for making me under stand this..

    thank you SIR GOD Robin.

  20. sujit kr das says:

    Mr. Robin
    really i am very great full to u as because when i become less energetic ,immediately reading your message and get full energetic.
    thank u and please send regularly,Kolkata India

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