HOW DO you know when your constant spinning is worthwhile, whether it’s leading somewhere, whether life itself is worth living? Consider the impact on yourself of having booked and paid for a holiday: You feel lighter, ever less troubled by the daily grind as the time approaches, until, the night before, you hardly need any sleep! On the last day of the holiday, however, you’re starting to feel a little tired at the prospect of going back to work.

The experience of life you have today, therefore, depends on the future you’re committed to. If you’re bored, then the future you’re committed to is boring. If you’re committed to an inspiring future, then you would be inspired in the moment. It’s really not about the destination, it’s about the journey, it’s about what you’re committed to.

If you’re committed, and despondent because you’re not achieving it as fast or as much as you would like to, check and see against which standard you’re measuring yourself: is it the standard of others – what others have achieved, what others expect of you, or what you think they expect of you? Consider that it’s your commitment to the goal that makes you what you are, not the attainment of it, and certainly not the showing off of having gotten there.