hiker-918473_640“It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale ~

Satisfaction is a decision.  Two people can go through the same situation with the same results and have totally different reactions.  It is important to honor your own achievements. Don’t diminish what you have accomplished because it is not up to someone else’s expectations. Satisfaction is a very personal situation and you are the only one who can give it to yourself.

The reason we have graduations and awards banquets is to help people have satisfaction with their achievements. That is the biggest reason to provide recognition as quickly and in the most meaningful way possible.  Remember that it is best to recognize accomplishments in the manner that is appropriate to the person being recognized. Some prefer to be as far from the limelight as possible. Putting them in front of a few hundred people can be a painful experience.  This is the person you take to lunch and just say thank you.  You can never buy too many lunches or breakfasts. It is a very personal spotlight.

I feel the greatest satisfaction is available for those things that are shared with very few people or even not shared at all.  Only you know how hard you went in your last workout, that you decided not to eat that quart of ice cream calling your name from the freezer, how big that trout really was or that you did not look at that pretty girl or handsome guy that walked by.  Only you know your heart and what it takes to be the best you.  Satisfaction is not a license to under-perform.  Think of satisfaction as the beginning step of the next goal.  We all know that high school super star who is still living with that as their greatest time.  Make the word “NEXT” be part of your decision vocabulary.  When you hit a goal, celebrate and then say NEXT.  When something goes astray, learn from it and say NEXT. Please wait though until you get to a result to say it.  Satisfaction does not come from changing your mind before the goal is reasonably attempted.

This is the 300th edition of Lessons For Life.  Thank you for your attention over these years.  I am happy with what I have done, but seven days from now there will be another Monday and another Lesson.  I will continue to give you my best efforts.  I find satisfaction each Monday in feeling good when I hit the SEND button.


Mike Ferrier


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