Better than happy

Climb the mountain. Not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air, and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.

David McCullough Jr.

Whenever I ask an athlete how they want to feel most of the time, the answer I get back more than any other is happy.

It sounds like a great goal, to just feel happy.

I then ask if all of the negative emotion could be taken away and they could only feel happy, would they want that?

Sometimes there is hesitation before they answer. No. Some negativity is necessary in order to learn they say. But most of the time they should be happy.

In reality, we would not know the positive without the negative.

Both are necessary. Equally necessary.

But for some reason we think something has gone terribly wrong whenever we are not happy.

I want to offer that there is a a feeling that is better than happy.

It is fulfillment. Achieving something you truly desire. Creating your masterpiece.

This is only possible when you embrace the discomfort. Lean into the pain. Into the suffering.

When you’re ready to feel terrible if it means getting closer to the person you are meant to become.

The other side of that discomfort is so much better than what you can even imagine.

Care more about the growth than about being comfortable and right and . . . happy.

It is the fulfilling of your destiny that is the feeling of being alive.

Go after your dreams. Embrace the failure, the success. All of it.

Because your life is one worth living. Enjoy it.

Don’t settle for being happy.

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