Saturday, October 10, 2009

Curious about Destination: Do You Have a Solid One? Ask Yourself What Is It?

Definition of Destination: Purpose for which anything is destined; predetermined end, object, or use; ultimate design. The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” Earl Nightingale, American businessman

I have read and heard from many gurus about the importance of having a destination. We need to know where we are going – where we want to be. I have always felt that the destination is another way to describe a goal or an intention.

However, when I started looking up quotations for this blog, I found that there were quite a few who felt that the journey or going through the process was more important than the destination. I certainly see their reasoning. If the destination is a goal, and while we are on the journey we learn and experience alternative approaches, we may find it makes sense to re-adjust our destination – or is it?

I am going to share some of these different ideas, and let you decide for your own situation. The one suggestion I have for you, though, is to make sure that you are on the journey – not just sitting around trying to decide on a destination.

The journey group quotations:

  • The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” - Carl Rogers, American psychologist
  • Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” - Arthur Ashe, American athlete
  • Life to me is a journey - you never know what may be your next destination.” - David Russell, Scottish musician
  • Life's a journey, not a destination.” - Steven Tyler- American musician

The destination group quotations:

  • You will now have a starting place and a destination, and you will be able to determine what it will cost you to get there. You will be going someplace.” - H. Stanley Judd, American author
  • It has never been, and never will be easy work! But the road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.” - Marion Zimmer Bradley, American writer
  • By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.” - Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer
  • I think that my biggest role models are people that have maybe struggled for a while and then finally gotten to their destination.” - Jonathan Brandis, American actor
  • Follow what you are genuinely passionate about and let that guide you to your destination.” - Diane Sawyer, American journalist
  • The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.” - Norman Cousins, American editor

And two with a combined twist:

The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.” - Charles de Lint, Canadian writer

If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” - Henry Miller, American author

So, I ask you. Do you have a destination and know where you are going or as Zig Ziglar asks, “Are you a wandering generality?” Send me your feedback.