Pleasure vs. Fulfillment

Pleasure vs. Fulfillment

I had a great conversation with my coach last week on success. I have always decided on what I wanted in life and then just gone after it… one after another… over and over.
He asked me if I was chasing trophies.
I told him I was looking for exciting challenges and going after them to see if I could do it. So far, so good.
He asked me if I was happy in life.
I told him. Yes. My life is pretty f’n amazing. I have the most loving wife in the world. Two little girls with the most beautiful hearts and energy. I live in paradise in a beach house. I have wonderful friends that are conscious and making a difference in the world. My spiritual life is awakened. Life is simple and I am grateful.
He asked me what is next.
I told him I am starting a coaching business to teach men and women how to brand and marketing their own business.
He asked me if I did NOT do this, what would be the consequence.
Consequence? I told him. Nothing. I’d be fine. But… What about all those people that need this.
What about them he said.
That led us to talking about fulfillment. And I got to ponder the question if I have ever really been fulfilled. Filled to the top.. not emptied. And stay filled…
He asked me what I am naturally inclined to do for fun that is fulfilling.
I told him I’m all about adventure. Riding motorcycles. Doing triathlons. Racing. Winning. Flying. Gliding. Drinking wine with friends.
He said, ah… you love pleasure.
I said, isn’t that the same thing as fulfillment?
He said, no. Pleasure is temporary. Fulfillment is everlasting.
Interesting, I said…
So I have a question for you… How do you define Pleasure vs. Fulfillment?
1 Comment
  • Tom Wyler
    Posted at 15:33h, 06 July Reply

    Pleasure for me is feeling satisfied and happy in the moment. I currently experience this from time to time in my career, but would like to feel fulfilled in my career. Fulfillment for me is knowing I have reached the top of my potential and have that sense of relaxation knowing that I accomplished what I set out to do on my terms. I am fulfilled in my family life. I have a beautiful wife and son, something I always wanted to have and now it is a reality. Now it is time for me to fulfill my career life.

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