We’ve all heard that the road to hell is paved with good intentions and I can’t think of a more appropriate saying to sum up how so many people come to regard their work and life.
We do well in first grade to get into second grade. Must pass grades in 7th to get to 8th. Do well on our SATs to get into a good college so we can get a good job with good benefits. Scrabble around the corporate ladder to get a bigger office, better salary, nicer title. And then wake up and realize we are in hell.
It’s the moment we realize that our goals to:
- Increase sales by 20%
- Expand into 30% more territory and
- Cut expenses by 15%
actually translate to:
- Be 20% more dreadful
- Ignore family 18% more
- Decrease soul by 22%*
It’s the moment you realize that “this isn’t what I’m supposed to be doing”.
It’s the moment you realize “I should have been a helicopter pilot”.
This moment can be a galling, pit of your stomach realization that you took a “right” turn when you should have hung a left. It can cause a deep, sinking feeling of resignation with a sad back up chorus of altos singing “Why bother now? It’s too late”.
But it’s not. There’s still time. And the consequences of not trying are really quite damning…
“Definition of Hell: The last day you have on Earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” – Anonymous
Don’t let this happen to you. Suffer less. Soar more.
*Hat tip to DAK