Daily Dose of Coach #232: Think on This - Content or Satisfied?

“Those who are satisfied with their accomplishments tend to remain as little as the things they do.”

We often get the two words, content and satisfied confused. Content is a state of being. It is defined as a “state of peaceful happiness.” Being content is something we achieve by pursuing the best in ourselves in everything we do.

While being content is a state of being, satisfaction is more dynamic. And for those looking to create greatness in their life, satisfaction is something that can almost never be achieved.

Though the two words are different, they exist within each other. We have an innate desire to achieve, improve, and become better at who we are and what we do. The people who achieve the greatest things in life are unable to quench this satisfaction for greatness. They are constantly seeking to improve themselves. This constant pursuit is what makes them content.

Michelangelo, the Italian sculptor, painter, and poet is most known for his painting of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. But one of his biggest sculptures, and often called his best work, is the statue Moses.

A story is told that when he completed the statue some 400 years ago he cried like a baby saying, “Why dost thou not speak!?”  Michelangelo expected this statue of cold white marble to come to life. He was so mad at his perceived failure that he struck the knee of the statue with his chisel.

To this day if you look close enough at the statue you will see a dent in the knee of Moses. Though he had created a masterpiece, he wasn’t satisfied, and he left a mark of frustration to prove it.

People who achieve greatness in their life are never satisfied with where they are or the work they’ve done. Their are only content is the pursuit of reaching their potential in everything they do. They are continually out to improve.