When working towards goals, both internal and external, I tend to get so focused on the result that I start basing my happiness solely on whether or not I achieve it. This may work out for me with smaller goals, but it is an exhausting mindset to have when it comes to long-term ones. I frequently have to take a step back and remind myself that focusing solely on results can only lead to frustration.
By shifting my focus to the “journey” of working towards a goal, the inevitable setbacks aren’t nearly as detrimental to my happiness. After all, a journey wouldn’t truly be a journey without a few ups and downs along the way.