Humans feel best when we are on purpose.
When we’ve got a reason to get up.
When we are in the process of building or creating or moving towards something.
Going on roadtrips is fun for this reason.
Part of the fun of going on a trip is the time it takes to get there.
If we could transport ourselves, like on Star Trek, from our living room to a faraway beach, it wouldn’t be nearly the same.
Maybe because the time it takes to get to our vacation spot (wherever it is) helps us to slowly shift from everyday mindset into vacation mindset.
Sitting in a car or a plane for a few hours literally feels like we are “leaving behind” our normal selves, and moving toward our vacation selves.
Which puts a HUGE barrier to insulate our vacation experience.
But you don’t have to go on vacation to feel on purpose.
Just doing a project which takes a lot of work gives you the same feeling.
Slow growth toward a better future.
Even building a birdhouse (if you’re into birdhouses) is a pleasant experience.
Taking something in your mind, doing the daily tasks to slowly turn your idea into a physical thing.
And once you put it in your backyard, (and see the birds using it) you can remember the process of turning thought into thing.
For a birdhouse or a road trip, it’s easy to measure your progress.
If you’re doing something and you don’t have a way to measure your progress, it’s easy to pretend you’re improving but you’re really not.
One of the “meta” ways to measure your progress is how much money you make.
On one level, this sounds very selfish and almost evil.
But on another level, it makes perfect sense.
So long as you aren’t a bank robber, the money you GET represents the value you’ve PROVIDED to others.
To be sure, there are a LOT of ways you can provide value to others without expecting to get paid.
But if you look at the money you make as directly related to how much you provide to others, it’s a fantastic way to keep score.
It’s very easy to focus on.
Do whatever it takes to EARN more money, and use that as your gauge.
For many people, however, this is VERY frustrating.
It shouldn’t be.
It should feel just like going on vacation or building a birdhouse.
Some people are lucky, and they are born with this mindset.
For them, making money is natural, fun and easy.
And it can be for you as well.