how to deal with inspirational dissatisfaction

how to deal with inspirational dissatisfaction

“Joy for human beings lies in proper human work. And proper human work consists in: acts of kindness to other human beings, disdain for the stirrings of the senses, identifying trustworthy impressions, and contemplating the natural order and all that happens in keeping with it.”

 — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 8.26

Our human nature is such that we are happiest when we are taking consistent actions and making meaningful progress. That’s why we must ensure that we’re always striving to accomplish a pre-determined goal. 

It’s a natural tendency for us to set another goal – a bigger and better one – as soon as we achieve one. W. Clement Stone called this phenomenon “inspirational dissatisfaction.” In essence, it’s the disappointment and a lack of mojo one experiences after a goal has been achieved and before the next step toward a new one has been taken. And so, whenever you begin to experience this particular nagging feeling and a dip in your verve, it’s time to get back into the ‘action mode.’ This will immediately raise your enthusiasm and optimism.

Once you achieve a goal, reward yourself for doing so; if you want to take a day or two off to recharge and regroup yourself, go ahead and give yourself a little breather. However, you must come back and start with the next goal right away.

It’s best to have a long-term plan in your hands so that as soon as you achieve one short-range goal, you know what your next milestone is. This will help you advance organically in the journey that lies ahead while keeping your passion and sense of purpose intact.