What do you do it all for? When the alarm goes off tomorrow morning at 5 am. The times you turn down for an invitation to get together later this week with friends. Regularly experiencing feeling misunderstood, and sometimes, loneliness. What are you hoping your achievement will add to your life? Is it wealth? Do you want to be recognized? Are you searching for a sense of purpose or trying to fill a void? Where exactly is this greener grass? What will the work you\u2019re doing now give you that you don\u2019t already have? With the wrong mindset, goal achievement can become a trap. It can suck the energy right out of you just as quickly as it can energize you. This is what happens when you focus on the by-products of what achievement brings. It\u2019s all about your perspective. Ask yourself: What is your perceived reward? If you\u2019re on a quest to do something so that someone else will approve of you, your efforts are futile. You might get there because social influence is a strong enough motivator for some people to reach the end result but the summit won\u2019t be what you expect, and certainly won\u2019t be what you were hoping for. You might get to the top of that mountain with this thought brooding in your mind; \u201cThese results are great. I\u2019m genuinely happy with what I got from this experience. But I didn\u2019t need these people anyway. I might actually be better off without them.\u201d And off you\u2019ll go, results in tow. On to the next one. Some people live their whole lives this way. Maybe you\u2019ve set a goal so that your current set of circumstances will be different. You want more money so that you can have nicer things or a stronger sense of freedom. Maybe you want a nice body so that when that someone special comes along, you\u2019re ready for them. But if that\u2019s your only target, you\u2019re out on the real reward of setting a goal and achieving it. Study the top performers in our world. Use YouTube if you have to. Pick someone you deeply admire and watch an interview with them on something great that they accomplished. Study their words. What do they talk about? The ones that are new to the game might brag a bit, sure. But the ones that repeatedly reach the top are objective and humble. They speak as though they are like any other person showing up to work each day\u2026 that\u2019s because they are. It\u2019s hard for us to wrap our heads around commonalities we share with world-class performers. Their accomplishments seem superhuman. But think about it. When was the last time you saw an athlete (excusing the ones about to retire) win a medal and say, \u201cOkay, that\u2019s enough win for me\u201d. What author writes one bestseller and calls it a career just like that? Sure, when they reach the top and win a championship, they celebrate. The moment is embraced because they have reached the promise land. But that moment is fleeting. It\u2019s gone just as soon as it\u2019s there. And so, it can never be the greatest reward achievement can bring. The ones that surmount their mountain regularly know what to do once the moment is gone \u2013 they get back to work. They begin doing the things that got them to their result last time but at a higher level. They study what worked well and make distinctions about things they couldn\u2019t even understand previously. They listen deeply to others that they respect and draw conclusions for their next round. Because they are addicted to the daily process \u2013 which is the work - that got them to the top. This is the greatest reward achievement can bring - falling in love with the work you do. Top performers earn their stripes and shape their lives around hard work. They intuitively know that every moment they spend grinding is changing them for the better. They show gratitude and respect that there\u2019s no possible way they could have ever gotten there on their own. Falling in love with your work is a spiritual experience that becomes a part of who you are as a person and it\u2019s the greatest reward you can ever get from a hard day\u2019s work. Do you feel motivated to do more when you achieve your set goal? Share with us.