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The Secret to Happiness Is Progress - Tony Robbins

The Secret to Happiness Is Progress – Tony Robbins

There is this pernicious myth that the inability to achieve a specific goal, earn riches, live in a certain place, acquire that next thing, or have your dream job is the reason for your unhappiness.

If this were true, then every athlete who wins that world championship, or earned the opportunity to play at the next level would be happy. Further, every wealthy business person would be a model of happiness. However, that is not the case. 

Jerry West, the logo of the NBA and one of the greatest shooting guards in basketball history, perfectly illustrates how nothing in the material world can bring lasting happiness. In his memoir, “West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life,” he chronicles his issues with lifelong depression and recurrent suicidal thoughts. 

Obviously, there is most definitely a genetic and environmental interaction that predisposes some to depression and protects others from it. But when the mystery and wonder of life is reduced to a binary measure of whether you achieved a goal or not, life can become quite bleak.

So if nothing will bring lasting happiness what will? Progress! 

Happiness is not found in reaching your destination, but in travelling well. It is okay to be ambitious and have big hairy audacious goals, but do not obsessively need the goal to be completed successfully to be happy or fulfilled.

Paradoxically, when you let go of needing to achieve your goal and just focus on making progress and doing your best you will surprisingly achieve more than you could have imagined.

The Secret to Happiness Is Progress – Tony Robbins
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About Pavan Mehat

Pavan Mehat is a medical student at the University of British Columbia and has completed his B.Sc. in biomedical engineering summa cum laude from Boston University, and his M.Sc. from UBC. He is passionate about helping others develop a heightened sense well being instead of simply eradicating disease. He uses muscle activation and testing to identify the source of pain and/or athletic limitations to allow his clients to rediscover the joy of pain-free movement. To learn more about his services check out www.pavanmehat.com


  1. This is a great seed, Pavan, and a great message to remember! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Thank you for the kind words, it is greatly appreciated. I am so glad that my words could inspire you. 🙂

  2. Sometimes, the journey is as important as the destination.

  3. It is important to enjoy the journey. This is something that I try to live every day. I know that things are crazy sometimes, or in my case a lot of times. I enjoy the time I have with my family and with my friends, along the way towards our goals.

  4. Tony Robbins is incredible, and I love how you elaborated on his quote. Moving forward is more important than getting there 🙂


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