Several high performers consider contentment as detrimental to their success. How can one be contented, but continue to improve and do one’s best?
Both, a feeling of contentment and a burning desire, affect the state of our mind. Consider two persons at a negotiating table. The candidate who desperately desires a deal is terrified of losing it if. As a consequence, she is forced to accept lower terms. A candidate who is contented has more leverage. His mind is freed from the fear of loss and he is able to walk away from the deal if it doesn’t meet his expectations.
Desire can fuel us, but just as easily consume us. A contended mind is sharp because it is free from the anxiety that gets in our way of doing our best.