I love this story from Derek Silvers. He used to bike to exercise, pushing himself hard, so he was sweaty, red and out of breath. It hurt. The ride always took 43 minutes.
One day, he decided to chill and enjoy what was on the ride. He noticed the dolphins frolicking in the water. Felt the sun on his face He brought the joy back.
The kicker? The fun ride took 45 minutes, just two minutes longer than the tough one. Trying to maximize every second took the joy out of something he used to love, yet didn’t have a huge pay-off.
Look at your life. Are you enjoying your ride or pushing until it hurts? What would happen if you slowed down (just a bit) to notice your proverbial dolphins?