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The Disease of More?

Do you suffer from the Disease of More? This idea really intrigued me when I heard the concept while listening to Dr. Wayne Dyer’s audible book collection. This ‘disease’ happens when we are so focused on achieving more of whatever our goals are (i.e. wealth, fitness, bigger muscles, a skinnier waist-line, etc) that we forget to enjoy the now or experience a sense of well-being in the now. [podcast_subscribe id=”1489″]

We all have goals and we should strive for goals. Having goals is a healthy way to stay motivated I believe. However, when our goals are driving us to the extreme of living for some future achievement, then we have a imbalance that needs to be addressed. We have all heard of Olympic athletes that become depressed after they achieve the Gold that they were working towards for many years. Would they not have been more balanced emotionally if they had learned to enjoy the ‘now’ as well as striving for tomorrow.

This is a tricky balance in our seemingly consumer-driven society. Being content in the now is almost frowned upon. Everyone pushes you to the next level, telling you that you must have ‘this’ and that you won’t be happy unless you achieve ‘that’. We have to remember that we are human ‘beings’ not human ‘doings’. We only really have our present reality and the decisions that we make in each moment. Deciding to appreciate all that we already have while we strive is the key. How do strike this balance?

Deciding to end our day and start each new one with a few minutes of gratitude is a great habit to cultivate. If we can learn to enjoy the now and be grateful for things big and small, then we will be totally joyous when we achieve the big goals that we have. Plus if we don’t quite reach the pinnacle of what we deserve, we can be grateful for the little successes along the way. Life is the journey, right?

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11 Responses to “The Disease of More?

  • The disease of more is something a lot of us in this world suffer from. We as a human race just never seem to be satisfied with what we have and always look for ways to get more of something even if we don’t need it me. 

    Gratitude is the best way to help with this affliction as it helps us to realise how much we do actually have.  Practicing gratitude each day also helps us to be more appreciative of what we get in the future.

  • Gaurav Gaur
    5 years ago

    Hi, Patricia.
    Thanks for the small but thought-provoking article on Disease of More.
    You truly said, for the want of more perfection, more achievement we forget the small joys spread all around us on the way to success. If we learn to live in NOW and feel the gratitude ton everything we are provided by nature, life will be heaven.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

    • Patricia Sullivan
      5 years ago

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    • Thank you Gaurav. I agree that we need to learn to live in the now and realize how fortunate we are!

  • Brandon
    4 years ago

    This is true on so many levels. That’s why I wholeheartedly believe that the the journey is better than the destination. Trying to reach a goal is such a fun thing to do that we tend to focus on that goal and that goal only.

    We have tunnel vision and forget what’s going on around us, what we are missing, what we are actually letting us pass by. And it’s not good when we lose our friends, miss out on opportunities, ignore our families, so thank you for bringing this subject to light. I think it’s very important.

    • Patricia Sullivan
      4 years ago

      Hey Brandon,

      You got that right. Sometimes we forget to live mindfully and realize that the present moments are all we really have. Life is about the journey!

  • This sadly applies even to the best of us. When we achieve a goal, we become inclined to set our sights on more. I strongly believe that this thirst and hunger for more stems from the false belief that happiness can be found in material possessions. It can also be traced to the inherent need to live up to the standards set by society. Perhaps, a major shift in mindset could prove helpful. Thanks

  • MrBiizy
    4 years ago

    Hey Patricia. Thanks for sharing this post, it’s really a blessing to us all. True happiness come from within. It’s not as a result of our big achievements. It is in the nature of man never to be satisfied. This is the major cause of the disease of more. We tend to forget that our joy is not based on achievements. We should learn to savour each moments of our lives, be grateful for both little things and big ones. Even as we strive for more, we should enjoy our lives each step moving forward. 2e should not forget to impact lives too.

    • Patricia Sullivan
      4 years ago

      Hey There MrBiizy, you are so right. Thank you for your comments

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