A business executive once told me that he felt an appropriate dose of “Divine Dissatisfaction” was something everyone should have. He went on to say a key part of happiness is striving to achieve an objective…a goal. He continued with the compelling statement – “Show me someone that is enthusiastic about pursuing a goal…who is putting sweat and energy into something and I’ll bet that the sense of purpose that person has is creating happiness.”
Think about that. I have often heard that the definition of success is the pursuance of a worthwhile goal. We are successful if we are going after something we want to achieve. What happens when you achieve your goal? That is where “divine dissatisfaction” comes in. You have the divine drive inside of you that needs to achieve something else.
Don’t confuse this with the negative mindset of always wanting more. That whatever you get, isn’t good enough and you think happiness is in the next thing to acquire. This is a sad place to be. Too many people never find happiness because they don’t stop to fully appreciate that which they achieved. They are missing out on gratitude.
Divine dissatisfaction is when you set a goal and you work your butt off to achieve it. Upon achieving it, you reflect on all the blood, sweat and tears it took to get there. You recognize that you had the power to achieve the goal and you persevered through adversity and you made it happen. Now as you appreciate your good fortune, reflect on and enjoy it for a while and then, you realize to keep growing, you need to determine the next thing you are passionate about that you want to achieve.
Show me someone who is a great parent, a successful student, a successful business person, a self-made wealthy person, a successful actress, someone who is fit and in good health, who is spiritually sound, an amazing teacher, a fantastic doctor … you name the category … and I will show you someone who has set and committed to great goals. Goals that are important to them.
There is a very important aspect to setting goals. You will put in the effort to achieve your goals if they bring you intrinsic satisfaction and a result you deeply desire. This is why goals/objectives set by others, such as your boss, your parents, your spouse, your company, your sales leader, etc., don’t inspire you, and you probably don’t achieve them.
Take the time to think about what you want in your life and set a goal. Then give it to the universe and ask for guidance, visualize yourself as achieving it, put in the hard work and you will achieve it. Then let the power of divine dissatisfaction drive you to the next important thing you want to achieve to make your world, and everyone’s world better.